Youngsters help tidy up estate

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YOUNGSTERS helped clean up their estate while also raising cash for charity.

East Durham Homes hosted the event which aimed at encouraging young people to take part in the spruce-up while engaging with their community.

Youngsters, aged five to 13 from Blackhall Rocks, carried out litter picking.

They filled two skips, provided by East Durham Homes’ partners Morrison Facilities Services and Wates Living Space, that were available for members of the community to dispose of any unwanted household items.

Rolling up his sleeves and leading by example, Coun Rob Crute said: “The litter pick activity proved to be an excellent opportunity for the young people of Blackhall Rocks to work together with older residents to make their streets cleaner and safer.

“It would be good to see this established as a routine exercise to be carried out in the future.”

The event was also supported by Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council and Blackhall Rocks Residents’ Association.

In addition to cleaning up the estate, the event also raised £150 in sponsorship which will go towards popular youth drop-in nights at Kasko House.

These provide activities and a safe place to go for young people living in the area.

Due to the “good work and aspirations of the residents’ group”, funding has also been pledged from local councillors Alan Cox and Rob Crute to refurbish and to sustain Kasko House.

Paul Mains, East Durham Homes’ interim chief executive, said: “It’s really important for us to work in conjunction with our partners and other local organisations to drive projects that support the community.

“The litter pick not only improved the appearance of the area, but also brought people of all ages together, to ensure the good work of Kasko House continues.”