News Release

Chesterfield Helping Hands To the Rescue

When Chesterfield Borough Councillor Barry Bingham spoke with members and missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about a problem in New Whittington he got a volunteer solution within 24 hours!

A pedestrian walkway off Stone Lane which connects local housing with the village had become overgrown and unkempt and Councillor Bingham had received numerous complaints from residents. But following a change of ownership, land-searches revealed that the land doesn't actually belong to either Chesterfield or Derbyshire Councils and so it was literally no-man's land in terms of council services.

So, the Mormon Helping Hands team (all volunteers) got to work removing overhanging brambles and weeds, and cleared litter, swept up and removed and disposed of 3 tonnes of debris. Within 24 hours the job was done!

The clean-up follows other recent 'Helping Hands' projects for councillors, local authorities and conservation groups; for example 150+ hours dedicated to clearing grounds at St Patricks Church Hall and 20 hours helping Councillor Peter Barr to work/tidy up at Eyre Chapel in Newbold.

Mormon 'Helping Hands' projects occur all over the world; for example clearing up the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and delivering emergency supplies following diverse natural disasters.

To learn more about 'Helping Hands' volunteer parties please see:

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