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Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda will be setting off on an epic
litter picking journey this month, walking the
coast of Britain and litter-picking along the way!
The adventure will start on 1 February, with Wayne and
Northern Inuit dog Koda leaving Knott-end-on-Sea, Lancashire.
The journey is planned to take around a year to complete,
with Wayne taking a full rucksack of supplies, and camping along the way.
Wayne, 44, from Lowergate, Clitheroe, is planning on not
only litterpicking as he goes, but also holding litter picking events at
beaches, villages and in towns and cities.
The first litter picking clean-up will take place at 10.30am
on 1 February, to celebrate the start of the mammoth walk. Wayne is asking for
people to join him on the first three miles of his trek, along the sea front at
Knott end. All litter collected is going to be recorded, so Wayne will know how
many items have been picked up during the year.
Wayne said, “I have always been concerned about Britain’s
litter issue, and whilst training for my walk, I noticed quite a lot of litter,
especially in beautiful places, so I started to pick the litter up.
“I thought it would really frustrate me if I were to come
across a lot of litter on my walk, so I came up with the idea of litter picking
along the way.
“I’m using this personal adventure to do my part in cleaning
up the country and promoting Keep Britain Tidy with the hope of empowering
others not to drop litter and to add litter picking in their daily routine and
lead by example.
"Hopefully along the way I can encourage people to take
part in litter picks and make a difference. It's something I've wanted to do
for some time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity."
Wayne, along with his sidekick Koda, is fulfilling a
lifelong ambition by walking around the Britain coast, has been inspired not
only by Keep Britain Tidy and the Clean for The Queen campaign, but walking in
memory of his late father, John, who passed away in 2012. Wayne and his dad did
many long distance walks together, and had started to walk sections of the
British coast a couple of years before John died.
Wayne’s family and friends will be supporting him along the
way, whilst Wayne is also raising money for the mental health charity Mind and the Northern Inuit Dog Rescue Society.
And what is Wayne going to miss the most whilst away? “I’m
going to miss my family and friends, my bed, a Sunday roast and BBC Radio 6!”
Please contact Wayne on 07861 708949 if you would like to join him on any of his litter picking events.
Keep up to date with Wayne and Koda on social media.
If anyone would like to sponsor Wayne on his adventure, click here.
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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