9-year old Sophie picked over 240 bin bags of litter to keep her town, Blyth, clean

"We moved to Blyth on 13th March 2020, and after a week the entire nation was in lockdown. My school had also shut so I was at home spending time writing poetry. I wanted to help the community and do something different.

Image: Sophie Moan
Image: Sophie Moan

My name is Sophie Moan, and I am 9 years old from Blyth, UK. As the lockdown restrictions eased, I noticed that a lot of people came out of their homes and started to litter the parks or the beaches. I was not happy about this. So, along with my family’s support, I decided to go on a litter picking mission for 31 days and raise funds for a local charity, Blyth Wildlife Rescue. With the help of my family, I collected over 240 bin bags of litter and raised over £1200.


I also found a pendant in the litter. When I posted this on Facebook, I found out that it belonged to an old lady. It was her 50th-anniversary gift, and she thought that she had lost it and won’t be able to find it again. I was so happy to see that smile on her face. 


During this lockdown, I kept myself busy by starting projects to help the community such as the litter picking mission, activity packs to the care home residents, etc. 

One thing I have learned is DO NOT LITTER. We need to protect our town in the same way we clean our homes. I have also written a poem about the same to encourage others to take care of their surroundings and community."

You Humanity pays respect and gratitude to Sophie for going above and beyond to contribute towards Humanity.


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