Six-year-old Betsy clears NINETEEN bags of rubbish from Margate main sands

Betsy and older sister Dacey will their rubbish haul

The Thanet council bin trucks might be out of action but man – and girl – power has resulted in two beach clear ups of mounds of mess left behind by sunseekers.

On Wednesday six-year-old Betsy Skinner collected a massive 19 bags of litter from Margate main sands.

The youngster, from Margate, is raising cash for her school, St George’s primary, towards the completion of an outdoor learning space. She has a £500 target and has already raised £200.

She had aimed to collect at 50 bags of rubbish over the summer but after this week’s massive haul is now expecting to clear many more.

Georgia and Betsy

Mum Georgia said: “Litter-bugging is a real ibug bear for Betsy. She feels very strongly about it. Our first beach clean was at Walpole Bay and we only managed to get one sack there so couldn’t believe the difference at Margate.

“Her sisters, aged 9 and 17, enjoyed helping her are hoping to help more.”

Last year the youngster set herself a summer challenge of running, walking and cycling 50k to raise money forthe school and topped her £500 target.

Find her fundraising page here

Photo Max Scott

This morning two council workmen also tackled the enormous amount of waste left on the Margate main sands by beachgoers yesterday.