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Sunday, June 26, 2022

400 children take part Keep Manningham Clean Day

The children and volunteers spent all day cleaning the streets on Friday.

Around 400 children took part in a community clean-up day.

The Keep Manningham Clean action day, organised by Dixons Manningham Primary School, was held last Friday.

Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, joined school pupils, staff and volunteers from the community to litter pick in Manningham.

Each child in the school had their turn to clean up their local community.

The children and volunteers collected approximately 45 bags of rubbish and litter off the streets.

The day started promptly at 9am with each class given half an hour to do their bit across sidestreets or alleyways allocated to them.

Each child was given gloves, a litter picker and bin bags to collect the rubbish off the streets of their neighbourhood.

Community liaisons officer, Nazia Ansari, said: It was a whole school effort with around 400 students and every member of staff taking part. MP Naz Shah also came along and stayed for more than an hour, getting stuck in with the children and she seemed to enjoy it.

“The grandson of the owner of a local bakery, Kashmir Crown Bakery, Tayyub, also supported us all day long. He kindly donated a few tins of biscuits to the cause as well as supporting the children and volunteers.

The children got to feel a sense of pride in the community they live in.

Volunteers from Mary Magadeline Church, Bradford City Disability FC, and PCSOs Emma and Jonathan also lent a helping hand.

The community liaison officer added: “It was a hugely successful event, a very long day for everyone involved because it was quite a warm day. The children and staff both very much enjoyed cleaning their local community.

“The children got the opportunity to be proud of where they are from and we are looking forward to organising the next session.

“The children loved it, some of the things that they saw were pretty grim but they responded really well and enjoyed the responsibility of what they were doing.

“They showed a lot of integrity and a lot of pride. When they were heading home at the end of the day, they were looking at the piles of rubbish and were proud of what they had accomplished.”

Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to support Dixons Manningham Primary School during their community clean up on Friday.

“My thanks to the school, the pupils, the local police, and Bradford City Football Club, it shows huge community spirit and achievement”.

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