ENGLAND and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has backed a campaign to clean up the the community and encourage people to recycle waste.
The Million Can Challenge, which is run by East Durham Trust, has received a huge vote of support from the star footballer, who last year won the Premier League title with Manchester United.
Carriuck, who is from Wallsend, North Tyneside, said: “The Million Can Challenge is a really worthwhile cause as it does so much good for local communities across East Durham.
“We want everyone to help out, even if just in a small way. Whether it be as a volunteer or even just to donate some cans, we’d love everyone to get involved in any way that they can.”
Chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “It’s tremendous that Michael has taken the time to lend his support to this project – at a time when many sports stars are accused of being overpaid and disconnected it’s clear that he has community issues at heart.”
It comes as the trust, which is based at Community House, in Yoden Way, Peterlee, has collected almost 200,000 cans inless than two months.
It has made its the first of many donations to local good causes, with more cheques set to be handed over in the next few weeks.
Haswell Mencap received £100 in recognition of their role in the Million Can Challenge project which has mobilised local people in recycling drinks cans.
Mr Fallow said: “Although this is primarily an environmental project it has always been our intention to generate small amounts of money for local groups – basically, if cans can be converted to cash for good causes in our own back yard that has to be good for a community like East Durham.”
He added “The response from local people has been great and we will be making further donations in the next few weeks.”
To find out more contact East Durham Trust on (0191) 5693511.