Mayor of Raunds joins McDonald's crew and councillors for cemetery clean-up

The group of 22 picked litter, painted benches and cleared paths

By Alison Bagley
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 5:20 pm

Crew members and managers from Raunds and Wellingborough McDonald’s teamed-up with councillors at a community clean-up of a resting place.

McDonald's staff joined forces with mayor of Raunds Cllr Sylvia Hughes and council colleagues, Cllr Dudley Hughes, Cllr Magdalena Levell, the deputy mayor, and Cllr Bill Cross to clean up Raunds Cemetery.

A group of 22 staff and managers attended the Raunds Cemetery litter-pick event - the sixth since 2014 - collecting an impressive 20 bags of litter and garden foliage.

McDonald's volunteers with Mayor of Raunds Cllr Sylvia Hughes

Raunds McDonald’s franchisee Perry Akhtar, who owns and operates ten restaurants across Northamptonshire, said: “I’m really proud of my team for their efforts at this year’s Raunds Cemetery event.

"McDonald’s is committed to fighting litter in our local communities and we are happy with the difference we continue to make.

"Over the years we have established a great relationship with Raunds Council and want to thank the councillors who supported us at the event. We look forward to working together again soon.”

The paths were fully cleared, flower beds tended to, and benches freshly painted.

Cllr Sylvia Hughes with 'crew' members

To ensure social distancing rules were followed, the volunteers were split into maximum groups of six and maintained a 2m distance. All volunteers wore the appropriate PPE and ensured equipment was sanitised before and after the event.

Mr Aktar added: "McDonald’s crew members have been cleaning up litter dropped in our local communities for over 35 years.

"Crews across the UK cover a total of 5,000 miles each week on litter patrols - where they collect litter from any origin, not just their own. This equates to 260,000 miles, or the distance from earth to the moon."

Members of staff cleared weeds from the paths
McDonald's staff volunteered at the clean up day
Volunteers painted benches in the cemetery