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Rattlesden boy, 7, raises over £1,000 through litter pick to buy bin for Bury St Edmunds Skatepark




A seven-year-old boy has raised more than £1,000 through a sponsored litter pick to provide a bin for a skatepark.

BMX and scootering enthusiast Otis Bligh has been litter picking at Bury St Edmunds Skatepark, in Olding Road, to clear up rubbish left around the communal area.

He embarked on a 10-hour fund-raising litter pick, with a £500 initial target, to buy a new bin for the site. Otis collected rubbish in the villages around his Rattlesden home and at the skate park.

Otis Bligh at Bury St Edmunds Skatepark (41565928)
Otis Bligh at Bury St Edmunds Skatepark (41565928)

His mum Amanda said: “Sometimes the litter is just horrendous. Otis has got a two-year-old brother (Phoenix) who would fall in it, pick it up and Otis was very conscious about how unsafe it was.

“There are a couple of bins there but they’re on the other side of the skatepark which isn’t where people congregate. I’m super proud and I think he’s got really good morals.”

Paul Jackson, chairman of Bury Skatepark Experience, said: “We’re very pleased that people take ownership of their skatepark and feel the need to help in such a way.”

Otis Bligh with his mum Amanda and brother Phoenix (41565933)
Otis Bligh with his mum Amanda and brother Phoenix (41565933)

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