Rotarians give hospital grounds a spring clean

Ashford Rotary Club litter pickers. The photos shows people wearing high-vis vests standing outside the William Harvey Hospital with the car park in the background. People at the front are holding litter pickers and black bags.

Published on 1 March 2021

Hospital grounds were given an early spring clean thanks to volunteers from local Rotary clubs.

Teams from the Rotary Club of Margate, and from the Rotary Club of Ashford, collected litter from around the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital and the William Harvey Hospital.

They were supported by staff from 2gether Support Solutions, who also provided masks, gloves and litter-picking equipment as well as refreshments to thank members for their hard work.

Mandy Carliell, head of patient and public involvement at East Kent Hospitals, said: “We would normally welcome volunteers in a range of roles across our hospitals but because of the coronavirus pandemic we have had to do things differently.

“So when the Rotary clubs said they wanted to help out by collecting litter, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

“It meant our sites were spring-cleaned so they look better for our staff and patients, and the Rotarians were able to volunteer in the fresh air.”

Jeremy Voizey, president of the Rotary Club of Margate, and Lester Kennedy, president of the Rotary Club of Ashford, said it had been a pleasure to spend a few hours clearing litter from the hospital sites.

They added: “Our members were delighted to be able to do something to help our fantastic NHS who do so much for us.”