The Pickup Artists
1482. Michelle Medler
Michelle Medler, from Kidderminster, set up ‘The Pickup Artists’, bringing together over 1,000 volunteers for regular clean-ups across Wyre Forest district.
Michelle, who is a Litter Hero ambassador for ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, has also implemented a reward scheme with local businesses to provide discounts in restaurants and cafes for litter-pickers, and adopted a stretch of canal path in Kidderminster to help maintain the area for people to enjoy and to protect local wildlife.
In a personal letter to Michelle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I want to thank you for your extraordinary efforts to keep our country tidy.
“I was lost in admiration to hear of how you have inspired a community of volunteer litter-pickers across Wyre Forest, working all year round to keep your streets, canals and countryside free from rubbish and clean for all to enjoy.
“So as we take part in the Great British September Clean, and take stock of a summer in which we have all valued our local spaces more than ever, I am delighted to recognise your service to others by naming you as the UK’s 1482nd Point of Light.”
“‘The Pickup Artists’ is made up of an amazing group of like-minded people who all want to make a difference to where they live. I’ve made so many new friends, visited beauty spots I didn’t know existed and have enjoyed inspiring others to pick up litter. This award is for everyone of them who supports the group by encouraging others to join us and help to educate children about the damaging impact litter has on our planet.”
Richard McIlwain, Deputy CEO of Keep Britain Tidy, said:
“We are delighted to hear that Michelle, one of Keep Britain Tidy’s #LitterHeroes Ambassadors, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the community and the environment.
“The work Michelle has done to establish her group – ‘The Pickup Artists – is inspiring and we believe sends a strong message to the people of Kidderminster that there is a community who love their local area and will fight to protect it.”