Lend a hand and help clean a beach

A NATIONAL retailer is calling for volunteers to help give a beach a spring clean.

Marks & Spencer is asking for volunteers from Bognor Regis and Chichester to descend upon Bognor Beach West to help pick up litter as part of the retailer’s fourth annual big beach clean up.

Brian Butcher, store manager at Chichester’s Marks & Spencer store, said: “A fantastic effort was made last year with around 250km of coastline and canals cleared, which resulted in 4,000 bin bags full of litter collected across the country.

“This year we’re calling upon as many local people as possible to take part in their local big beach clean up event.

“It’s a great initiative that brings communities together to do something worthwhile but it’s always great fun too.”

The clean up will take place on May 13 from 10am.

It will be hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and invites local residents, businesses, students and societies to join in helping to scoop up unwanted rubbish from the foreshore.

The annual occasion will see events take place at 135 beaches and canals up and down the country between May 7 and 13.

It is expected more than 8,000 people – 3,000 M&S employees and 5,000 M&S customers – will take part.

Customers can find their nearest beach clean and sign-up online at