The National Campaign for Courtesy has presented 15-year-old Katherine Ball of Barnstaple, Devon with a certificate recognising her dedication to keeping a local lane clear of litter.
Vice-Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy Robert Zarywacz read about Katherine’s efforts to keep Barbican Lane clear of litter in an article in the North Devon Journal. He was shocked by the news that several people had sworn at her and deliberately dropped litter, which was demoralising her.
Robert immediately passed the article to the charity’s executive council, who agreed unanimously that Katherine deserved to be recognised for her contribution to the community, especially as the campaign has launched its own national anti-litter drive supported by patron Joanna Lumley OBE.
Robert recently met Katherine in Barbican Lane to present her with her certificate and thank her for all her hard work.
“Litter is a blight on our towns and countryside, so we are delighted to recognise Katherine’s initiative and energy in looking after the environment and improving it for everyone,” said Robert.
“Katherine is a shining example of what citizens can achieve and a beacon for young and old alike.
“We hope this certificate will encourage Katherine to keep up her good work and reassure her that it is valued not just locally but across the country.”