Hunstanton businesswoman spearheads fight against beach litter

HUNSTANTON LITTER PICK
Samantha Rutt with members of Hunstanton and District Round Table who are supporting her beach clean-up campaign.  From left - Robert Brown, chairman Andrew Bingham, Gary Waddison, Neil Wells and Joe Bates
HUNSTANTON LITTER PICK Samantha Rutt with members of Hunstanton and District Round Table who are supporting her beach clean-up campaign. From left - Robert Brown, chairman Andrew Bingham, Gary Waddison, Neil Wells and Joe Bates
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Dozens of volunteers will help to clear rubbish from the beaches of Hunstanton tomorrow – and there’s still time for you to get involved.

More than 50 people have already signed up to help with the effort, which is being backed by a host of town businesses and community groups.

And residents are being encouraged to gather at the town’s Sailing Club on Saturday afternoon if they want to lend a hand.

The initiative has been organised by town businesswoman Samantha Rutt, who runs Barefoot SUP and Fitness, is a keen stand-up paddle boarder and regularly sees the effects of litter on our coasts first-hand.

She said: “You wouldn’t believe the amount of litter people leave

“What we will do is part of the National Beach Clear-Up campaign running from April 3 to 9. But we will be clearing up early, at a time that works with the tide which will be low.

“This litter is damaging the environment. I want to make the community aware of the problem.”

Samantha also supports Surfers Against Sewage, a national charity which aims to protect the British coastline against all forms of pollution.

The litter pick is being backed by groups including Hunstanton Water Sports, Hunstanton Kayaks and Hunstanton Sailing Club.

And members of the Hunstanton and District Round Table have made a £200 donation to the initiative, which was used to purchase litter pick-up tools, protective gloves and refuse bags ahead of the clean-up.

Volunteers are due to assemble at 1pm on Saturday at the Hunstanton Sailing Club and refreshments will be available at the end of the litter pick.

“Everyone is welcome to join us. The more the merrier,” said Samantha.

Another beach clean-up is already being planned for the end of the summer season.