Home   News   Article

'Little Litter Pickers' duo Polly and Harry Williams on mission to clean up Moray beaches


By Lorna Thompson

Easier access to your trusted, local news. Have a look at our brand new digital subscription packages!



AN ELGIN brother and sister have pledged to forgo some holiday play time in order to pick up litter from local beaches.

Seafield Primary School pupils Polly (9) and Harry (7) Williams have together formed Little Litter Pickers.

Their mission is to clear rubbish from different local beaches each week for the next 17 weeks while RAF serviceman dad Martin is on deployment.

Mum Perri Williams (33), a sales assistant, said as well as taking practical action, they hope to raise awareness of the tide of marine pollution and boost funds for marine wildlife conservation organisation Sea Shepherd UK.

So far Polly and Harry have been out armed with litter-pickers and bags at Hopeman, Lossiemouth's West Beach, Whitehills and Burghead.

They aim to cover Portgordon, Cove Bay, Roseisle and Findochty in the weeks ahead.

Harry and Polly Williams, from Elgin, are clearing litter from local beaches every week and are raising money for Sea Shepherd UK. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Harry and Polly Williams, from Elgin, are clearing litter from local beaches every week and are raising money for Sea Shepherd UK. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

The siblings hope to rope in some of their friends to help too.

Perri said: "We've been talking about what we could do to keep busy while their dad is away as we don't have family nearby.

"Polly and Harry have been learning a lot at school about reducing, reusing and recycling and we've been watching a lot of documentaries about marine life. Every time we go to the beach we always say we must bring a bag and pick up some of the litter around.

"We decided to do a litter pick one weekend and we actually quite enjoyed it. The kids suggested we should do this every week while their dad is away.

"The beach is our favourite place to be and we have plenty of lovely spots to clean up.

"We've committed to at least once a week for 17 weeks and we'll probably keep going afterwards."

The duo have so far raised £205 for Sea Shepherd and people can donate to their cause here.


Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.


Keep up-to-date with important news from your community, and access exclusive, subscriber only content online. Read a copy of your favourite newspaper on any device via the brand new HNM App.

Learn more


This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More