A fast food restaurant has won a national award for its commitment to picking up litter and getting the community involved.
The Stamford branch of McDonald’s in Ryhall Road, which is run by franchise owner Matt Jarrett, was named one of two champions in the chain’s Love Where You Live competition, which recognises the branches going the extra mile to keep the areas in which they operate tidy.
Matt bought a van and employs a full-time driver to pick litter from his restaurants, which also include the Glinton, Peterborough and Wisbech branches, and has organised community litter pick days.
He also backed the Mercury’s Let’s Clean Up campaign, which urged people across the area to do their bit.
Matt’s efforts meant he beat 400 other entries to win the experienced entry category. An entry from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire won the new entry category.
People manager for the franchise Cheryl Carter said all the staff were thrilled to be recognised for their hard work.
She said: “We won for the tremendous work we are doing regarding litter in our community and have received mention in internal McDonald’s despatches.
“It shows the community, and more importantly, the local councils that we are making a difference and we want to thank those that did help from the public.”