A total of 13 colleagues took part in the event. Six Senior Managers from Interserve’s Facilities Management contract with University College London Hospital (UCLH) joined forces with six colleagues from the company’s Sussex Estates and Facilities FM partnership at the University of Sussex. They were helped by Lydia Carrington, Interserve’s Sustainability Consultant.
The team received cleaning equipment and a health and safety briefing from Brighton & Hove City Council before they started on the beach clean-up.
Part of Interserve’s Sustainability Calendar, which is a joint focus with UCLH to improve our Community Impact, includes a commitment to carrying out volunteer work to benefit local communities. Victoria Kingshott, Interserve’s Performance and Reporting Manager at UCLH, organised the event.
She said: “It was great to get out with colleagues from different parts of the business and to really make a difference that was genuinely appreciated.
“People came up to us on the beach and thanked us for our efforts. It was lovely to get such positive feedback.
“I was surprised by the dangerous waste we found, such as needles and big rusty nails. We all expect beaches to be safe places where children can play and so it was rewarding to know we were doing a worthwhile job.”
The team had been briefed about the syringes, wore protective gear and had a safe box for the needles’ disposal. The nails had been left by people burning pallets as part of impromptu bonfires.