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The ‘Cleaner Thames Challenge’ is an event organised by Thames21 who aim to clean up the dirtiest stretches of the river. Nearly 30 staff and students recently volunteered their time for the cause. 

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Staff and students at Hammersmith Bridge. 

Nearly 30 staff and students recently made their way down to Hammersmith Bridge to squelch around in the mud and rain for a great cause. 


The ‘Cleaner Thames Challenge’ is an event organised by Thames21 who aim to clean up the dirtiest stretches of the river. Last year the Thames21 team saw about 250 volunteers haul about eight tonnes of rubbish out of the river. Roehampton staff and students decided it was their turn to do their part as they made their way down to the river.

With a fantastic turnout of staff and student volunteers who came to help out at various points in the day, many ‘things’ from wallets to traffic cones were discovered and removed to help in the improvement efforts. 


Everyone expected the day to be hard work but many were surprised about how much they actually enjoyed the day.

“I know that I was surprised by the fun I had – even if I did almost trip over into the river on more than one occasion,” said Louise Evans.

This was the second of the RSU M.A.D. (Make a Difference) projects for this year. For a schedule of upcoming events, check out the RSU website or contact Louise.Evans@roehampton.ac.uk.  

Story posted: Friday, 26 October 2012

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