Young musicians in Corby who pick up litter in their neighbourhood in exchange for free music lessons have won £700 worth of cleaning equipment in a national competition.
Oakley Rangers go out once a month and pick up litter at the playing fields and recreation area on the Oakley Vale estate, filling at least 10 bin bags each time.
Their dedication and community spirit impressed the judges in the Karcher Cleans Britain competition.
Oakley Rangers leader Paul Balmer said: ”We need to teach young people to see and enjoy their local environment and it’s great to see their work acknowledged by Karcher.
“Litter is a major problem and it needs to be tackled at source – nobody who picks up litter is ever going to drop litter.”
Oakley Rangers meet every Saturday at Oakley Vale Community Centre where they receive music lessons from Corby mayor Judy Caine and Mr Balmer.
The group is sponsored by Corby councillor Mary Butcher, Peavey Musical Instruments and Oakley Vale Community Association.
The cleaning equipment they won will be used at the new community centre.
Karcher is one of the biggest manufacturers of cleaning products in the world.