An army of volunteers helped clean up some of Reading’s most iconic public spaces last weekend during an event organised by Thames Water and Connect Reading.
Residents, community groups and businesses from across the town took part in the three-day Reading RESCUE (Rivers & Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event) designed to help enhance the area for visitors and the community.
Hundreds of bags of drinks cans, bottles, food packaging and other rubbish were collected in just three days by the volunteers.
Reading RESCUE has become a regular event in the town with support for it growing year on year. It first took place in 1989 and has been co-sponsored by Thames Water since 2008 when Connect Reading also got involved.
Thames Water’s community investment coordinator Neeti Bindra said: “We’re proud to sponsor Reading RESCUE and help keep the town we call home tidy. As Thames Water employees we want to do our bit to be good neighbours in the communities we work in and events like Reading RESCUE are a great opportunity for us to do that. It was brilliant to have so much support and our thanks go to everyone who supported the event.”
Volunteers who took part on Friday came from a number of Reading businesses including Thames Water, the Hilton Hotel, Holiday Inn South, Kyocera Document Solutions, IHS Markit and The Oracle while on Saturday and Sunday members of the general public and various community groups got stuck in. They included Emmer Green Residents Association, Caversham Globe, Newtown Globe, Katesgrove Residents Association, Southcote Community Centre, Oxford Road Community Garden
and Tilehurst Globe.
Kirsti Wilson from Connect Reading said: “Reading RESCUE is a great event, and we always get a fantastic response when we call for volunteers. It brings together a wide range of local people working hard and taking pride in their neighbourhoods – many of whom do work around the year in their free time to keep their part of Reading looking good.
“There is always such enthusiasm from the businesses and the community groups, and it’s great to bring them together and see them working side by side."