70-year-old Pat Smith made her 2018 New Year’s resolution to clean one sandy bay each week and she did it, she cleaned 52 beaches in the UK.
Pat Smith spent every week of 2018 on Devon and Cornwall’s most iconic beaches. She would head to the beach with bin bags, rubber gloves and a rubbish picker. Pat spent Christmas day picking up plastic bottles and fishing gear on Trevone Beach.
She is a great example of picking resolutions that truly mean something and will make a big difference to the environment. Very much like how Andrew Patterson climbed Table Mountain 365 times for charity in 2018.
“Doing 52 beach cleans in 2018 was my New Year’s Resolution and it’s finally done,”
Even though her resolution may be over, it has inspired her to continue the effort. She will be doing it all again in 2019.
“I won’t stop, as our beaches need me.
“I’m driven to try and protect our living planet for my children and grandchildren and I will continue to do everything in my power to achieve that.”
Pat hopes her efforts inspire others to think more about the environment while at the beach.
“We should all take responsibility for picking up the litter, as well as ensuring we don’t drop litter in the first place.”
“A lot of the rubbish I have picked up consists of everyday items. These things are used by all of us and it is shocking to find them polluting our beautiful beaches,”
“Please let’s try to be more thoughtful in this coming year.”