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Rotary Club of Stamford St Martins installs bin at Stamford Welland Academy in Green Lane



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A collection bin, which will help to improve lives, has been installed at a school in Stamford.

In 2018, John Nowell founder of Helipads for Hospitals, set upon the idea to collect used aluminium cans, crush them and smelt them into ingots, to make up component parts for a helipad, which pilots can use 24 hours a day.

It takes a million cans to build the infrastructure for a helipad before lights and other accessories are added to make a landing pad, which pilots can use 24 hours a day.

Now John, with the Rotary Club of Stamford St Martins, has set his sights on a new project to improve the lives of youngsters.

Headteacher of Stamford Welland Academy Vicky Lloyd and pupils Jazz Macrorie, Izzy Smith and Bracken Barker with the Big Red Bin (52831585)
Headteacher of Stamford Welland Academy Vicky Lloyd and pupils Jazz Macrorie, Izzy Smith and Bracken Barker with the Big Red Bin (52831585)

A ‘Big Red Recycling Bin’ has been installed at Stamford Welland Academy in Green Lane, which will raise funds to buy kayaks for the school to help future generations stay safe in the water.

John said: “Many, many people would simply like to have something that they could do - without cost.

“If every resident of Stamford donated just one can per week, the result would help not only to buy kayaks for the youngsters of Stamford Welland Academy and future generations to be safe on water but also help our councils by reducing their refuse burden and reducing landfill.

“Much more important are the unseen events in that our actions would reduce the mining of raw alumina ore which is mined around the world and smelted using vast amounts of energy - with the resultant emission of CO2 into our atmosphere.

“In the long term, our youngsters, while enjoying time on our rivers, could help to reduce river pollution.”

Once the kayaks are purchased, the pupils will be able to use them to collect plastic from rivers to prevent plastic pollution reaching the sea.

As part of the environmental pledge the school took, pupils were educated on the work of the Rotary club and the Helipads for Hospitals team.

Kate Blundell, instructor for the Combined Cadet Force, has been leading the project.

Explaining why it is so important to donate cans, she said: “It is raising money for charity and the awareness we can recycle used products and stop them going to
landfill.”

The bin, which is located at the front of the school, can be used by all in the community at any time of the day.

Kate said: “I know that the Pride of Stamford Litter Pickers want to start gathering cans for their gym so we are going to see how successful this is and there’s no reason why we can’t have two out there as they are both good causes which are helping the environment.”



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