National Lottery winners clean up on the beach

A team of National Lottery winners from across the North West has spent a morning at the coast. But rather than working on their suntans, the volunteers collected litter from New Brighton beach and the Wirral coast.

The 9 winners, with a combined wealth of almost £20Million, collected more than 20 sacks of waste, ranging from plastic water bottles and picnic debris, to ocean waste, old ropes and plastics.

The volunteers worked alongside The 2 Minute Foundation – a project that received £19,410 of National Lottery funding in 2018 and 2019. The Foundation aims to educate people across the country about the coastline, the creatures which inhabit it and what can be done to protect it.

Ben Woods, from Wirral, who scooped a £2.4Million Lotto Jackpot in 2004, was one of the volunteers. He said, “It is always great to be able to give something back in terms of our time. Myself and fellow winners support numerous charities throughout the year and we were all delighted to work with The 2 Minute Foundation on this latest project.

“It is something close to my heart as a father, to ensure our beaches are kept clean so everyone can enjoy them to their full potential. And it seems more appropriate than ever right now to be doing something like this in the year of the great British Staycation!”

Claire Giner, from The 2 Minute Foundation, added, “It’s been a really successful morning and we have really enjoyed working with the local National Lottery winners to help make a difference to this stretch of important coastline.

“The 2 Minute Foundation is a registered charity which is devoted to cleaning up our planet 2 minutes at a time. We believe that simple, achievable acts can add up to make a great difference.”

Among the winners taking part with Ben, were: Emma Cartwright, from Liverpool, who scooped £6.5Million on EuroMillions in 2009; Annette and Andy Dawson from Darwen, who won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2015; Ruth Breen and Simon Dart from Wigan, who won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2014 and Geoff and Hilary Bennette from Blackburn, who won a £3.5Million Lotto Jackpot in 2011.

13th August 2021

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