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Local charities bag £3,000 from residents who recycle

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Local charities bag £3,000 from residents who recycle

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards awarded three local charities a total of £3,000 at an event last week as part of a drive to encourage residents of the Borough to waste less and recycle more. Members of the scheme voted for their favourite from a shortlist of charities, with Norfolk Hospice winning top prize of £1,500. The two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, were both awarded £750 each. 

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards was launched to all households in the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk back in May and encourages residents to recycle more and waste less through individual and community rewards. The borough is split into five communities who compete against each other to earn the most Green Points, with the communities that earn most Green Points after six months winning the biggest donations to the local charity most popular among their residents.

The charitable projects that members could support this year were: Hospital Radio Lynn, Norfolk Hospice, West Norfolk Mind, Festival Too, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Rotary Club of King’s Lynn. The winning community this time was King’s Lynn and Surroundings and its members voted for Norfolk Hospice. The two runner up communities were West Norfolk Fens and West Norfolk Central, who voted for West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers. 

Councillor Brian Long, Leader of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council, was delighted to present the winning charities with their cheques. He said “It’s really positive that the innovative Recycling Rewards Scheme is actively encouraging people to get rewards for taking their recycling more seriously, and benefitting local charities like the Hospice, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, and West Norfolk Mind at the same time." 

Jessica Walker from Norfolk Hospice said “We’re really grateful to everyone who voted for us and helped us to win this money. We rely on donations for most of our funding so this will help us to support more people with life limiting illnesses in the Borough.” 

As well as community rewards, members of the scheme have the opportunity to earn individual rewards if they earn the most Green Points in their community each month. The individual who contributes the most points to their community total, wins a £50 voucher and the two runners up each get a £25 voucher from a choice of: Marks & Spencer, Majestic Cinema, iTunes, Alive Leisure and National Garden Gift Vouchers. 

Last modified on Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:32

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