Ipswich: Dozens of people lend a hand to clean up an Ipswich estate

Queensway Clean up

Queensway Clean up - Credit: Archant

DOORS, shelves and even a bath were among rubbish and disused goods which were removed from an Ipswich estate during a major clean-up operation.

Dozens of volunteers gave up their time to take part in the Carry-the-Can project which took place in the Queensway estate yesterday.

Organisers of the initiative had been provided with a grant from Christian organisation, Heart for Ipswich, to help fund the work with several other businesses providing tools for the work.

Steve Jay, a minister at Hope Church in Ipswich, was among the team who organised the campaign.

He said: “It’s really great to see different churches and organisations working together to care for our local community.

“We called the event Carry-the-Can because it’s about getting the community spirit back into Ipswich and to model a responsibility to start caring for each other more again.”

A spokesman for Heart for Ipswich added: “This is a very worthwhile project to support financially. More and more churches are working for the good of the communities they serve. This is Christianity in action.”

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Volunteers of all ages joined together to take part in the project, which took place between 2pm and 6pm yesterday.

Other organisations which helped with the work were Sackers Recycling, which provided skips and collection at cost price and Speed-Style Auto Centre of Ashbocking, which supplied safety equipment and a van to transport recyclable goods.

Mick Earrey, of the Christian Noisy Group which has worked in the Queensway estate for 13 years, said: “It is really great to see the local churches, businesses and community all working so well together to bring positive improvements.”

The organisers of the event are hopeful it could soon become an annual event in other parts of the town.