‘Brightening Keelby’ community group launch online fundraiser in bid to brighten up their village

Brightening Keelby

‘Brightening Keelby’ community group launch online fundraiser in bid to brighten up their village

A community group in Keelby has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for eco-friendly flower boxes and lorry poppies to hang on every lamppost in the village.

The flower boxes, made by Hull-based company Reworked, are all made from non-recyclable plastics such as bottle tops, gloves and PPE equipment.

The Brightening Keelby group is made up of volunteers and was started in 2011.

Louise Drakes, a member of the group, told Gi Media: “It all started when the manager of the Spar shop at the time got us a pledge for the scrappy bit of land round the back of the shop so we could do it up.

“We started with flower boxes to begin with and also did a Jubilee display. Now, we do litter picks and things for the environment, and we’ve also restarted the community magazine, the Keelby Chronicle, and run an online version as well.

“But our main project at the moment is to clean up the entrances to the village and put in these beautiful flower boxes and silhouette Tommies. We also want to fill every lamppost in Keelby with recycled lorry poppies.”

Brightening Keelby

The main committee for Brightening Keelby is made up of five members, with one sub-committee for the Keelby Chronicle and one for the Poppy appeal.

Louise continued: “We haven’t done so well since the pandemic, but before that we were getting about 20 people coming out for a litter pick.

“Now, sometimes we get five or six and sometimes a bigger group. We need lifting after everything with Covid and we’re always looking for donations.”

Louise said she did the work completely on her own during the first two lockdowns when other members of the committee were shielding, but has since set up a new committee and hosts monthly meetings in the pub since the lockdown restrictions were eased.

Now, the group are aiming to raise £1,000 for their current projects, and then plan to run an environmental project which will encourage children in the village to build eco-friendly bird boxes.

To donate to the Brightening Keelby fundraiser, click here.

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