Just in case you don’t follow me on Instagram I’ll fill you in on my life lately. My Sunday brunch was a little different last weekend. Whereas it’s normally telly and a veggie sausage sandwich that I kick start my day with, last weekend was more about giving something back to the community that I’m actually about to move into.

I’ve worked with McDonald’s before where I made my own Big Mac (literally, best day ever) – check that out here if you missed it – and I really feel like they’re a great brand that does a lot of fab stuff. There’s often misconceptions about McDonald’s but they’re a huge employer in the UK and provide fantastic opportunities for their staff, and also do so much for local communities as I found out this weekend just gone.

I joined the Bulwell restaurant’s franchisee Fiona Nicholls and her team from the local Bulwell and Basford restaurants and we hit Crabtree Community Centre for a couple of hours of litter picking with the lovely centre manager, Maria. This is an area the team have previously been involved with, having helped out with renovation work there last year, so they were super keen to head back and help maintain their hard work.

This event is just one of a number of McDonald’s clean-ups taking place across the UK as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign, ‘Love Where You Live’. The campaign aims to encourage local communities to take action and work together to tackle litter in their area, and forms part of a 12 year partnership between McDonald’s and Keep Britain Tidy. Fiona aims to carry out litter pick activity at least once every three months in order to help keep the area safe and tidy for local residents. Did you know that staff from McDonald’s restaurants conduct a minimum of three daily litter picks around the vicinity of the restaurants? How awesome is that? It would obviously be fab if people didn’t litter but at least there’s work going on to combat it when it does.

Overall, we collected a whopping eight bags of rubbish in just under two hours and the guys were already planning and discussing what equipment and ideas they have for the next time they head down there. It was so inspiring to see how enthusiastic everyone was. We all gave up a Sunday morning to do something good for the community and it felt great to be a part of it. I spoke to everyone and they were so motivated to make a change in the community and it was awesome.

Since McDonald’s began supporting the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign in 2010, over 2,600 events and activity days have been organised by restaurant staff in the UK, involving over 80,000 volunteers. 2017 saw 430 events take place within the UK, with a total of around 10,000 people taking part. That’s a lot of big numbers and it was great to be a part of it for the morning!

(Spot the litter we hadn’t got to just yet!)

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