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By Laura Bolden

Senior Staff Writer

9 October 2019

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RSM partners with the council to clean up the city

90 volunteers from leading audit, tax and accountancy firm RSM joined the Your City Your Home campaign on Friday (4 October) to help clean up Newcastle city centre.

50 bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers in under two hours.
50 bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers in under two hours.

A giant pink unicorn teddy, a sofa cushion and a pair of high heels were among the items found during the litter pick with over 500kg of rubbish being collected in total.

RSM volunteers, whose office is based at St James Gate, took part in the litter pick as part of their community volunteering scheme where they work to make a difference in the area they work.

The ten teams litter picked in various areas around the city centre including Scotswood Road, the area around the Redheugh Bridge and Central Station, competing against each other to see who could collect the most rubbish and find the strangest and largest items

RSM join #YourCityYourHome

Cllr Nick Kemp, cabinet member for environment and regulatory services said: “It’s great to see large businesses like this in Newcastle supporting the campaign and demonstrating the positive impact volunteering has on our city.

“The litter collected by RSM will complement the work done in the city centre by our teams and the amount of rubbish collected highlights the size of the issue. We thank all of the volunteers for heading out in the rain and showing that working together we can help keep Newcastle clean.”

Steve Railton, RSM’s office managing partner in Newcastle, said: “Following staff feedback, we wanted to use our annual staff away day to give something back to our local community.

“This year we’re investing in a newly-refurbished office to change our working environment, so we took this ethos and approached the council to get involved in the Your City Your Home campaign to make a real difference to the local surroundings outside of the office.

“Despite the rain, it was a great team-building activity and it was great to see a tangible difference to the city where we live and work.”

The Your City, Your Home campaign has its own website www.yourcityyourhome.co.uk with lots of information to help people plan their own clean-up activity, whether this is over this weekend or at any time.

This website also gives people the opportunity to promote their clean-up activity and ask others to join them. Everyone who uses social media is encouraged to use #yourcityyourhome to demonstrate Newcastle is coming together to help look after the city.

Email hello@yourcityyourhome.co.uk for more information

We thank all of the volunteers for heading out in the rain and showing that working together we can help keep Newcastle clean.”

Cllr Nick Kemp

Cabinet Member for Environment and Regulatory Services