News article created on 8 October 2018

Leeds roller derby skaters help care for local canal

Skaters from Leeds Roller Derby have been supporting their local community in their own unique way by carrying out a two-mile canal-side litter pick on wheels.

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The group of six skaters and two pedestrians took to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath between Leeds and Kirkstall on Saturday 29 September, collecting seven bags of rubbish that others have irresponsibly dropped. 

Becca Dent, volunteer development coordinator at the Trust, said: "We’re delighted that Leeds Roller Derby chose to help care for their local canal in their own style. It was a really fun session and everyone had so much energy and passion for helping to care for their local canal.

"Hopefully their efforts will help further highlight the nuisance of littering and encourage those who drop rubbish to think twice about their actions and use bins instead."

Leeds Roller Derby skater Cait Price, known to her team mates as Drrt Cheap, said: "We enjoy skating down this canal path and really wanted to do something to help tackle the problem of littering.

"We picked up all sorts of rubbish in just a couple of hours –cans, food wrappers, plastic bottles, dog poo bags and cigarette butts. The reactions from others on the towpath were really positive, so we hope our actions will help bring awareness to the problem of littering in Leeds and make people take responsibility for their rubbish."