Residents from a Kent care home are appealing to the care community to join them in cleaning up beaches for International Coastal Cleanup Day — a global initiative dedicated to preserving the coastlines and protecting wildlife that also coincides with the Great British Beach Clean.

The Old Rectory, a branch of ACI Care that specialises in residential, respite and dementia care, is hoping to team up with members of their local community for a day of beach cleaning in Dymchurch – with its residents having expressed a desire to help maintain the environment for future generations.

As part of their efforts though, they’re appealing to the wider care community to get involved too – as they seek to sustain and maintain the environment for future generations.

In recent years, the growing problem of beach litter and pollution has been a cause for concern and hasn’t gone unnoticed by the residents of the New Hall Close home.

These concerns led to conversations about what they could do, and this resulted in proposing a beach clean up, which is now set to take place on September 16 at 2pm, just over an hour after high tide – a peak time for coastal debris.

Registered manager Kelly Parker said: “We’re really lucky to be so close to the sea, and our residents want to do their bit to help future generations enjoy it.” And whilst we’re doing our own beach clean, we’re encouraging other coastally based care communities to get involved too and go to their own local beaches on September 16.

“A scenario where care communities around the country get involved would be fantastic – and would set a wonderful example to younger generations and communities.”

As part of the cleanup, the team from the Old Rectory will provide participants with litter pickers, gloves, rubbish bags and high-vis jackets.

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