Eastcott Community Organisation, the group of volunteers managing Savernake Street Social Hall, has been chosen as a winner of a national competition to win the services of cleaning specialists Kärcher to help spruce up their community area.
Throughout the summer of sport, Kärcher is committed to encouraging the nation to clean up their communities with Kärcher Cleans Britain. That’s why they joined forces with sports stars and TV presenters Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell and ran a national competition offering three community sports grounds a professional clean to help Brits take pride in where they live.
Savernake Street Social Hall has been taken over by a group of local residents with the vision of creating an exciting new community hub. The volunteers who are championing this community initiative are not only hoping the clean up will draw positive attention to the work they are doing but will attract interest for sports at the centre.
Kärcher hope that by awarding Savernake Street Social Hall as a winner and offering them a professional clean from the Kärcher Clean Squad it will boost the local interest in sport within the community.
Why we’re doing it:
Recent research commissioned by Kärcher found that one in five people are ‘ashamed’ of the place they live in – with unsightly buildings, litter and a lack of friendliness among the locals the biggest contributors.
25% of Brits surveyed didn’t even know where their local sports ground or community playing fields were. Of those that do, Brits revealed they are embarrassed about the state of them, describing them as ‘rundown’, ‘deserted’ and ‘old fashioned’. To combat this Matt and Phil are on a mission with Kärcher to help Britain clean up and bring back some community spirit through sport!
A word from Matt and Phil:
Former rugby superstar Matt Dawson, who is fronting the campaign, says, “We want to help communities fall in love with their local areas again. I’m very excited to be working on this year’s ‘Kärcher Cleans Britain’ campaign, its really important for everyone to take pride in their local sports facilities and make the most of their community.”
TV presenter and former cricketer Phil Tufnell who is also supporting the campaign added, “With a summer full of sport, there’s never been a better time for Brits to be inspired to use their local sports facilities. That’s why I’m really proud to be an ambassador for this year’s Kärcher Cleans Britain.
“It’s obvious that people are fed up with their local areas looking scruffy and the lack of community spirit – we want to get people out and about, playing sports in their local areas and enjoying the summer!”
The Kärcher Squad:
The ‘Kärcher Squad’ is part of a network of highly skilled cleaning professionals who have been involved in cleaning projects all over the world, from last year’s London Eye clean to the Statue of Christ in Rio De Janeiro, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin – now they could be coming to a town near you!
Phil Springall, Marketing Manager of the Home and Garden Division at Kärcher UK commented: “Kärcher Cleans Britain is a project close to our hearts which we hope will really encourage people to take pride in their communities.
"During this summer of sport we want to inspire Brits to use their local sports grounds and offer a helping hand to areas that need a clean up. As industry leaders in cleaning, trusted to clean some of the world’s most prestigious heritage sites such as the London Eye, we want to help Britain clean up, and urge all who care about their communities to do their bit.”
Winner, Caroline Davies-Khan, on behalf of Eastcott Community Organisation commented: “I entered ‘Kärcher cleans Britain’ because I am part of a voluntary group that has recently taken over community management of our local community centre.
"We are in the process of sprucing it up in preparation to offer lots of new activities and events, and thought how brilliant it would be to have the hall professionally cleaned from top to bottom. I couldn’t believe that we had won a clean of the centre, it’s amazing. I texted our committee as soon as I heard the news, and everyone is delighted. It will make a huge difference to us to have the hall sparkly clean, it’s a really positive new start for the community centre and will give us a space to be proud of!”