Three generations join our Big Beach Clean

A group of walkers on the shoreline at Formby, Merseyside

In September 2014 we ran a Big Beach Clean at Formby, near Liverpool. Three generations of the Sebastianelli family joined forces with lots of other volunteers to help pick up litter ranging from bottles to fishing nets.

Vivien, the grandmother of the group, has known the beach since childhood and uses events like the Big Beach Clean to help keep the beach beautiful while spending time with the family. Katushia, Vivien’s daughter has three children aged 11, seven and four.
 
‘I’m always looking for fun – and cheap – things to do as a family during the school holidays,’ she says. ‘Activities like this give me the chance to have some fun, tire everyone out and get some fresh air at the same time.'
 
This sort of volunteering is also flexible enough to fit round the children’s other activities. Dominic has done plenty of volunteering, mostly with his uncle John, who works for us as a volunteering and community involvement consultant.
 
‘It’s good fun and I really like to help out,’ Dominic says. He has volunteered at Manchester’s urban gardening festival, Dig the City, showing people how to make grass trumpets, build dens, make and fly kites and do a barefoot walk as part of the our ‘50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4’.
 
He also joined our Big Family Day Out at Fornby and has helped with two Big Beach Cleans. ‘He talked about his volunteering so much at home that his brother and sister wanted to have a go as well,’ explains John.