Volunteers get cleaning in Ipswich

Church members will be among those rolling up their sleeves to clean up an estate in Ipswich over the May Bank Holiday weekend.  

Neighbours will be joining forces to clear rubbish and disused furniture from the town's Queenway estate.

Ten skips have been positioned around the estate and leaflets have been distributed asking residents to give up four hours of their time on Bank Holiday Monday. 

"Carry the Can" has been organised by the Christian Noisy Group, which has worked to make a difference on the Queensway estate for the last 13 years.  

The group is led by Mick Earrey, who lives on the estate. 

He said: "It is relly great to see the local churches, businesses and community al working so wel together to make bring positive improvements."

The initiative has the support of local councillors.  

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: "This is a great idea: litter devalues an area and affects the people that live there.

"I know myself from doing litter-picking rounds in Ipswich how much you can collect within very little time. If we all did as the Ipswich churches are doing, more often, we would have a far cleaner, happier, town."

Around 50 volunteers are expected to take part. 

Steve Jay, a minister at the Hope Church in Ipswich is part of the team organising the clean-up Ipswich campaign.

He said: "It's really great to see different churches and organisations working together to care for our local community

"This will be the community helping itself, and we are making this possible by arranging for skips to hold the rubbish, and for them to be collected and taken away at no cost to residents.

"We called the event 'Carry-the-Can' because it's about getting the community spirit back into Ipswich and to model a responsibility to start caring for each other more again.

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