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Parry

Parry

Name: Parry Hill
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Ilfracombe, Devon
Campaign: To clean up North Devon’s beaches

As a keen surfer I spend a lot of time visiting local beaches throughout the year.

It’s upsetting to see these beaches continually covered in litter, with all kinds of rubbish and waste polluting the landscape.

Not only does this threaten the environment and marine life, but it’s also dangerous for people using the beaches.

I think more needs to be done to look after these areas along our coastline.

With the help of Fixers, my team and I are launching a ‘Save our Beaches’ campaign.

We plan to run beach clean events and hope other people will get involved to help us clear up areas along the North Devon coast.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

Emily Cawsey Shayna Roach
Dan Cannon Rhianna Howells
Josh Hulse Lydia Marshall
Hannah Seymour Lewis Andrews
   

Marine Conservation Society

Lauren Eyles, Beachwatch Officer at the Marine Conservation Society, is supporting our Fixers project. She attended our beach clean event and agreed to be interviewed for our film to be broadcast on ITV.

Torridge District Council

Torridge District Council is supporting our Fix.  The team let us borrow litter-picking equipment for our beach clean and collected the rubbish afterwards.

 

Surfers Against Sewage
Surfers Against Sewage are supporting our project. Andy Cummins, Campaigns Director, attended our beach clean event and agreed to be filmed for our broadcast piece.

 

Petroc College

The team at Petroc College are backing our Fix. They helped put us in touch with Fixers and say they are happy to support however they can.

 

National Citizen's Service

The NCS are supporting our Fix. The team have helped us organise meeting rooms and ways to promote our campaign with Petroc College.

 

Andrew Cotton, Surfer

Record-breaking surfer Andrew Cotton supports our project. He helped at our first beach clean and contributed to a group discussion that was filmed for our broadcast piece.

 

North Devon Gazette
Sarah Howells from the North Devon Gazette is supporting our Fix. She attended the beach clean and wrote a report on it afterwards.

 

Thanks to the following people who volunteered to help at our first beach clean:

 

Jon Webb Carrie Webb
K Bromhead Dig Hastilow
Marcus Berry Ginette Berry
Janet Green Michael Green
Wendy Smith David Smith
Colin Swift  

January 2014
Our local MP, Nick Harvey, supports our Fixers campaign.

 

He wasn't able to attend our beach clean event but he did send the following message:

 

“Here in North Devon, we are lucky to have a beautiful coastline. So it really is a shame for the whole local community when our beaches become strewn with litter.

 

“I very much welcome community initiatives like this one being led by students from Petroc College and the charity ‘Fixers’ to clean up the beach at Westward Ho!.

 

“It’s wonderful to see North Devon’s young people taking the lead on an important issue like this. Untidy beaches are not only unpleasant and potentially dangerous for local residents; they also have a damaging effect on our wildlife and the local economy through lost tourism revenue.

 

“I am looking forward to meeting the group of young volunteers soon to see how their project is progressing. I would encourage any young people in the area to get involved in the clean-up project and do something good for their local community.”

 

We held our first beach clean event on Thursday 16th January at Westward Ho! beach in Devon.

 

Despite the wet weather around 20 people volunteered to help us collect rubbish throughout the morning. We were also joined by representatives from Surfers Against Sewage and surfer Andrew Cotton.

 

Volunteers in action

 


Fixers Parry and Hannah with the rubbish collected during the beach clean up

 

 

A write-up of our beach clean event appeared in the North Devon Gazette. Click on the image above to read the article.

 

On the morning of the beach clean I was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon to discuss my campaign.

 

Before the beach clean took place articles about our project appeared in both the North Devon Gazette and the North Devon Journal. Click on the newspaper names to read those stories.

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