The award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.
Roy founded Clean Jurassic Coast to clear litter and plastic pollution along the 95-mile stretch of coast from Exmouth in East Devon to Swanage in Dorset and help preserve the UNESCO World Heritage site, which is unique for its geological history.
Through the initiative, Roy has developed a network of volunteers who have removed in excess of 1,500kg of plastic from the coast this year so far.
An ambassador with Keep Britain Tidy, Roy paddled the length of Britain in a wooden kayak earlier this year. After leaving John O’Groats he arrived in Land’s End 56 days later having travelled across 963 miles of sea, river and canal. By doing so, he not only raised funds for charity, but also awareness of the plastic pollution in our waterways.
Roy said the Points of Light award was “a lovely and unexpected surprise” and wouldn’t have been possible without the other brilliant volunteers he is fortunate to have by his side.”Teamwork and education is the key to reducing littering so hopefully this award will also help raise awareness of that,” he said.
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