Lorne Kind with the aluminium wheels he donated with thousands of cans

PHEW! What a great end to a busy week for H4H in Leicestershire!

It started well on Tuesday (see below). On Wednesday, we got to the Shepshed Big Red Bin at Glenmore Park just in time before it started to overflow. Inside were enough cans to almost fill TWO builder’s bags. Thank you, people of Shepshed. If all the cans had been crushed and all the plastic bags had been taken away, we would have had even more cans in there! From Shepshed to Woodlands Road, Loughborough, to collect from another first-time donor, Kelly H. Thank you, Kelly.

On Friday, it was off to Glen Gorse Golf Club at Oadby where Bev S, the golfers and the ladies of Leicester De Montfort Tangent had contributed enough cans to fill very nearly three builder’s bags. The car full, it had to be off to our store. Car empty, next stop was Barrow upon Soar, where our diligent ‘monitor’ Annette R had tipped us off that the village’s new shiny red bin was ¾ full. Perfect! It fitted nicely into the car along with cans collected earlier in the week from Oadby Rotary member David K and his wife Margaret at Groby. Also included in that run were several bags full of cans donated by Martin W, from the same Rotary club as David.

Day done, five more builders’ bags and our store looking nice and neat and tidy.

Saturday, it all changed! H4H volunteer Jim met his nephew Lorne K at his business Kinds of Queniborough. There was something like 60 plastic bin bags which completely packed Lorne’s van and Jim’s car. In among the cans were the aluminium rims of two bicycle wheels donated by Lorne’s father Ian K.

As Lorne and Jim drove away, charity founder John Nowell was being interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester’s Andy Pierce (see the News page)

By the time Jim got home, Garner Roberts, of the Rotary Club of Loughborough Beacon, had dropped of a big bag of well-crushed cans. And Margaret L., president of the Inner Wheel Club of Loughborough, had e-mailed to say she had a load of cans from members. So it was off to Woodhouse Eaves and then back to our store. The 70 or so bin bags of cans were piled high against the doors of the articulated lorry trailer. Ninety minutes later, with the cans decanted into eight more builder’s bags, the store was, again, tidy. Job done!

Thanks to everyone who is helping Helipads For Hospitals inch closer to the 80 tonnes (maybe 5.7 million cans) of aluminium needed for the first helipad, planned for Leicester Royal Infirmary.

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It’s great when things fall naturally into place.

This morning was a first trip to Leicester Road, Hinckley, where first-timer Jane G had left a nicely crushed and bagged load of cans ready for collection. Then it was just down the road to Earl Shilton where Nicola E and her daughters and friends had filled a one-tonne bag to the brim..
Next stop was to Claire D’s only a few miles away where, as usual, there was a swap of an empty builder’s bag for one filled by the folk of Croft and Huncote.

All too often we have to make several trips the same part of Leicestershire over consecutive days. But today there was no wasted journey, no wasted space and a lovely tidy trailer after Saturday’s working party had stacked the bags, thereby saving space.

Oh… and the sun shone brilliantly 🙂

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When Lauren S rang this afternoon asking us to go to Coalville, she asked us to collect the one-tonne builder’s bag we had left last time. She apologised that she would not be there but Jovani would be there to help us pack the car.

By the time we got there, nearly an hour later, Jovani and their friends had received loads more cans, so we ended up taking away not one, but two bags. So a big thank you to Lauren, Jovani and their friends.

Their friends, incidentally, include Diana Neal, from South Wigston, who first encourage Lauren to collect for us. Thanks, Diana

We hope that by the next time we see Lauren, she will have her new baby.

Mind you, that’s what we wrote (below) on 27.08.2020
And on 14.08.2020!

Maybe next time we can publish a photo of Lauren and baby!
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Two stairlift rails: 19kg and heat exchanger: 15.5kg. Total 34.5kg

BIG thanks to Jo and Phil W, from Belton, near Loughborough.

Today Jo delivered a bag of cans along with two extruded aluminium tracks which until recently had been part of a stairlift.

Also included was a heat exchanger from a boiler. That weighed 15.5kg.

So together, those three items weighed about the same as 2,464 cans. And they didn’t make the car stink 🙂

Not only all of that, but Jo and other members of North Leicestershire Litter Wombles are busy raising money so Belton folk will be able to have a can bank in their village.

Thank you, Jo and Phil

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Thanks to Jaimie G, from Croft, who donated a couple of bin bags full of crushed drinks cans.
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Thanks to the good people of Barrow upon Soar who half-filled their ‘can bank’ and to Danielle and Nathan and the customers of Barrow Conservative Club for a similar number of drinks cans.
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Thanks to Rotarian Adrian W, from Countesthorpe, for bringing a couple of bags of cans to our mini hub in Thurcaston on September 4.
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Thanks to Ady A from Leicester, and to Cindy and Dave from Cosby for a total of six bags of crushed cans taken to our store today. Particular thanks to Dave who cannot stomp cans, but does an excellent job of flattening them with a mallet! 🙂
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Thanks, once again, to Margaret and David Knight and their Groby neighbours and friends for the latest batch of cans (and crisp packets).
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September got off to the same sort of start that August finished with…
First to Countesthorpe where Katie C had left a one-tonne bag on the drive.
Then to fellow South Leicestershire Litter Womble Diana N at South Wigston. She, too, had left a bag at the front of her house. Thanks, Katie and Diana… and to Diana’s next-door neighbour Jan who came out with antiseptic wipes. The bags were left in the trailer.

Then an unscheduled call at 3.30pm to Shepshed where North Leicestershire Litter Womble Sam L had spotted that the Big Red Bin was full with 1¼ one-tonne bag. From there, because it is en-route to our store, we dropped in at Barrow upon Soar where the new bin was ¾ full.

So four one-tonne bags filled, about four hours on the road and 71 miles driven.
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Wasps getting buzzy around the bottom of a one-tonne builder’s bag oozing sugary dregs from cans

Even on a cold morning like today, wasps just cannot resist the sugar left over in drinks cans.

These chaps were buzzing around like nobody’s business when we first opened the trailer to deliver a dozen bin bags of cans collected from Emma S, in Anstey. When the cold air hit them, they quietened down, and some flew deeper into the trailer where it was less cold and where there was more sugar.
Thank you, Emma, and your friends and neighbours in Anstey.
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Sadly, litter is not confined to our streets, lanes and hedgerows.

Thanks to Grantham RiverCare loads of litter has been removed from waterways in the area and they have donated more than 300 aluminium cans to Helipads for Hospitals in the last month. Thank you, David Martin and your environmentalist friends at Grantham RiverCare.

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Now that’s what I call a car-full!

Thanks to Lauren S and the people of Coalville for another builders bag full of cans… only 13 days since we collected the last one. And thanks to Lauren and Jovani for crushing them.

Then we were off to Shepshed where the good folk had filled their can bank.

Next stop was Barrow‘s new can bank. Fortunately, it was not so full that we couldn’t squeeze them into the car… unfortunately in doing so, we squeezed a lot of juice out!

Finally, at the store, we collected another bag-and-a-half of drinks cans. Seriously, guys, think about your sugar intake! 🙂 But thanks to you all

Thanks to Josphine B and her friends and neighbours in Birstall for adding yet more cans to our total.

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Collecting cans for Helipads For Hospitals may be infectious…

During the height of Lockdown, Dean York, from Cosby used his plumber’s van to bring a dozen bags of cans collected by himself and his wife Fotoula. Recently their next door neighbour Matt Napleton, in the same line of business, turned up at Thurcaston with about the same number of bin bags full of cans.

Thanks, Fotoula, Dean and Matt

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Rotary Club members have been supporting Helipads For Hospitals in various ways for quite some time. Our thanks go to David Knight (Oadby Rotary), his wife Margaret (Leicester Inner Wheel), Mandy Penfold (Oadby Rotary) and Paul Knight (Oadby Launde Rotary) for their recent donations of cans.

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You’ve met schoolgirl artist Bethany before on this website. Here she is with her Helipads For Hospitals poster and this time with her sister Megan, a chef. The girls are looking forward to a fair in their part of Earl Shilton at the end of the month when Bethany’s poster will appeal to a wider area.
The great news for us is that the sisters will now crush all the cans they put into a builder’s bag.
Thanks, Bethany and Megan!

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Claire and her friends in Huncote and Croft have done it again… We collected 2½ builder’s bags full of cans. We love collecting from Claire… she and her family make sure the cans are all crushed… and counted. Claire knows exactly how full to fill the builder’s bags — about five inches from the top —so they fit neatly beneath the ceiling of the car.
We call them builders’ bags… or one-tonne builders’ bags. Claire calls them Tay bags. One day we’ll ask her why. Or maybe you readers know why… or maybe you call them something else.
Remember you can comment at the bottom of this page.
Thanks, Claire, Croft and Huncote!

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Thanks to Pradeep and Nisha Popat and all their customers at Mirch Masala for the ten bags of cans you left at Jim’s house this week. If Jim cuts the hedge and the holly by the wrought-iron gate, will you put the bags behind the gate next time, Pradeep? 😊
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The week-old bin at Barrow with the bag half-filled.
Thanks to everyone who donated

Thank you, everyone on Barrow-upon-Soar. Your bin was emptied at 4.20pm today — exactly a week after the bin was installed! As you can see from the picture, the bag was half-filled in a week. Great going. Thanks to Liz and Annette and everyone who donated crushed cans.
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Thanks, Lauren S., at Coalville, for the builder’s bag full to the brim of cans. And thanks, Jovani, for crushing them and helping Jim squeeze them into his car. Maybe the next time we see you, your baby will have arrived… Mind you, I see that I wrote exactly that when I came last time on July 23!!!!
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Today it is time to thank two Rotary club presidents and one Rotary club secretary. Mandy Penfold has just handed over the presidency of the Rotary Club of Oadby to Faqir Kallow. Not only as Mandy been collecting cans for H4H, but she nipped next door to the home of Pam Spokes the secretary of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus. Pam gave a lot of cans… and a lot of aluminium food trays, all nicely cleaned of contaminants. And Maya Vansia, who has just handed over the presidency of Leicester Novus Rotary to Sarita Shah, also saved hundreds of cans during Lockdown.
Today, all those cans were delivered to our rapidly-filling storage facility.
Thank you, Mandy, Pam and Sarita!
And to everyone who is waiting patiently for us to catch up and collect cans from you… Thank You!

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Thanks to Gill Moore for another four one-tonne builder’s bags, and to the good folk of Shepshed (including Gill) for filling the Big Red Bin in Glenmore Park.
And then a welcome to the gang and thank you to Rachel Smith at Ab Kettleby for her first box-full of cans. In return, she got…

you guessed it… one of Gill’s one-tonne builder’s bags to fill 😊

Thank you all

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Three bags plus from Katie, Diana and Leanne

Thanks, Katie Chitham, Diana Neal and Leanne Hammond for today’s loads of cans.

First trip to Countesthorpe this morning removed two of the three one-tonne bags from Katie’s drive. The second took the third and, along with Leanne’s one-tonne bag load from Broughton Astley, made two trips by the completely-filled Toyota Verso.

The car has been nicknamed by Katie as the Tardis because it seems big inside, rather than because the gears make a weird a grating noise. 😊

Thank you, ladies!

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Thanks to Claire Dunphy and her son Mark and their many friends from the Huncote and Croft areas for the 2 ½ builders’ bags of cans.

This, says Claire, takes “our total collected AND crushed to 14,040 since January… a big thank you to Huncote Girls/Boys Brigade, Mayor of Huncote, Croft Wombles, Nicola and family in Earl Shilton , Croft villagers and Croft Football Club for their support and contribution..”

Thanks, Claire. We couldn’t have put it better 😊

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Another first-time contributor like Debbie, M. of Barwell (see below), is Lauren S., of Coalville. Lauren’s half-full builders’ bag of cans were all nicely crushed, drastically reducing the number of journeys we make and the fuel we use in collecting them.
So, thank you, Lauren. We look forward to hearing from you when you have nearly filled the two builders’ bags we left at yours! Maybe we will see you before your baby arrives. 😊

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OOOER! Not for the first time, our stack of builder’s bags toppled over as we were adding another tier.

Thirty minutes later and the scene was tidied up with the first donation from Debbie M, of Barwell. As you can see from the photo below, Debbie and her friends had prepared the cans exactly as we like them. They had been drained (protecting our vehicle) and crushed.
Thanks you, Debbie and friends.
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CRUSHED… Just as we like them

Thanks to Can Man Ady for continuing the streets near his home of litter. As well as giving us nine bin bags of cans, he also recylcles plastic bottles and much else.
Well done, Ady.
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Thanks to whoever it was who dropped off lots of brand-new one-tonne builders’ bags at the Thurcaston home of our volunteer Jim, while he was out collecting cans. As you can see below and on other pages on this website, these bags are a crucial part of our collection, transportation and storage of the aluminium cans.

Jim has now made inquiries and found that the bags were donated by S&S Builders and EH Smith Merchants (via Andrew Robinson at Leicester De Montfort Rotary Club).

Thank you, all! Please don’t think that we don’t need any more one-tonne builders’ bags… thanks to our many supporters, they get filled up as quick as you can sing “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…

Thank you, Bill B, from Shepshed, for your donation of builders’ bags.
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On the first day that Braunstone Town had been taken out of Locked-In Leicester (or off the ‘naughty step’ as South Leicestershire Little Wombles Geoff calls it) Helipads For Hospitals volunteer Jim was able to make three journeys to collect 5 ½ one-tonne builders’ bags of cans.

Thanks to all the South Leicestershire Litter Wombles for collecting them on. Particular thanks to Geoff and Desne for ‘curating’ them for longer than usual because of the Lockdown rule.
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Thank you, Bev Southerden and your friends in Tangent and at Glen Gorse Golf Club, Oadby, for the two builders’ bags of cans we collected on 16.07.2020
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Like David and Margaret Knight (see below) Katie Chitham, who has been a very active South Leicestershire Litter Womble during her school’s Lockdown closure, is also collecting bottle tops and crisp packets. She is also amassing quite a collection of writing equipment for charity.
But that busy-ness did not prevent her from collecting cans from fellow Womble Diana Neal. Together, their 15 bin bags filled nearly three one-tonne builders bags at the H4H storage facility where the 45ft long trailer is very nearly full to its ceiling (see below).
Thank you, Wombles Katie and Diana.
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Piled high… the one-tonne builder’s bags are piled four high, almost reaching the ceiling in the mouth of the articulated lorry trailer

David and Margaret Knight are not only collecting cans for Helipads For Hospitals, but also crisp packets and plastic bottle tops for other charities. The packets and bottle tops were collected from Groby along with three bags of cans.
Thank you, David and Margaret

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Loughborough Hospital’s first donation… a big bag of cans on an ironing board

Someone working at Loughborough Hospital spotted a Helipads For Hospitals flier and started collecting cans… and not only cans. They were collected on Monday, 06.07.2020

Ironing board, door frame… all aluminium. All donated aluminium will help us build helipads at hospitals with an A&E department

Thanks, everyone at Loughborough Hospital

This all happened on the day that businessman Lorne Kind of Kinds of Queniborough and Deepak Karia, of Novus Rotary, helped pack our first articulated lorry trailer to the ceiling with thousands of cans.
Thanks, Lorne and Deepak
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Zack with some some of the bags of cans

It’s amazing what we can do when we work together. Belton Litter Pickers and Shepshed Litter Pickers got together on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Among them was 13-year-old Zack, who was busy with his mum, Gill Moore. The family from Shepshed have been contributing cans for quite a while. And, thanks to Gill, we have been given quite a few one-tonne builder’s bags, which have become crucial to the way we transport and store the cans.
Thanks, Zack and Gill
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When Sara Brudenell e-mailed to say she had read about H4H on the Facebook page and had some cans to donate, we offered to collect them. “No,” she said, “I’m coming from Ramsey, Peterborough, to see family and friends – I’ll bring them to you.”
And that’s just what she did. There may have been only one small bag of cans but we are grateful to her and to everyone because we agree with Asda that every little helps.
Thanks, Sara, we’re glad you had a good time seeing your family here in Leicestershire for the first time in months.
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Sandra Kenny from Melton Mowbray has again donated drinks cans to the Helipads For Hospitals appeal.
Thanks, Sandra. Much appreciated.
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Barrow Upon Soar Connie Club… can donators, raffle ticket buyers

Not only did Danielle and Nathan Armiger collect enough cans to fill a one-tonne builder’s bag, but they handed over £30 raised by raffling a giant Easter egg at Barrow upon Soar Conservative Club. They’re really looking forward to opening the club next Saturday, July 4.
Thanks, Danielle and Nathan… and all your customers who add to our can collection
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Emma Stewart moved into Anstey only a couple of years ago. She says she has not made a lot of friends there. Yet, she donated nine bin bags of cans which she has amassed during Lockdown.
Thanks Emma.
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It was a real family affair again when Cees Valk dropped off eight bin bags of cans at the home of H4H volunteer Jim Matthews… his mother-in-law, Ruth, who lives near Jim just happened to be passing by and was keen to see what her son-in-law was up to.
So, thanks, Cees and the members of the Rotary Clubs of Bradgate and Leicester De Montfort.
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Lorne Kind and his van with four bags packed with hundreds of cans

Businessman Lorne Kind has been working throughout the COVID-19 crisis, delivering hot and cold meals to his customers across Leicestershire. But he has also been asking family and friends to donate aluminium cans to provide a helipad at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Lorne, (nephew of H4H volunteer Jim Matthews) has gone further, putting a bin near his home in Queniborough and leafleting his neighbours asking them to drop their used drinks cans there, and now he has offered to help collect cans from other donors on Tuesdays when he drives from Market Harborough, Lutterworth, Kibworth, Cosby, and Hinckley.
That is very kind of you, Mr Kind… Thank you, Lorne
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Despite shielding during Lockdown, Cynthia Davies, of Cosby, has donated nine bags of drinks cans to Helipads For Hospitals, some of her own and some from folk she knows.
Thanks, Cynthia
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Not only does Mark Dunphy collect — and encourage others to collect — cans for Helipads For Hospitals, but he crushes them and counts them.
Thanks, Mark, and Croft Football Club, Huncote Girls/Boys Brigade, Croft Litter Wombles for the 5,000-plus cans you have donated so far
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Here at H4H we used to have time to count cans and to crush them. As our campaign has grown, we’re having difficulty keeping track of the one-tonne builder’s bags which are so vital to the way we transport and store the cans.
Thanks, Gill Moore (via Phil Marriott), Stuart Preston, Chris Trivett and others for donating more of these much-needed bags
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Golfers across the UK would have been celebrating that relaxation of Lockdown rules means they can get back on course.
Thanks, Bev Southerden and the members of Glen Gorse Golf Club, Oadby, and the ladies of Leicester De Montfort Tangent for collecting cans for us
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Ady (The Can Man) is well known in his part of Leicester for clearing the streets of litter of all sorts. Every fortnight or so we go there to fill our car boot with cans he has collected.
Thanks, Ady
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Thanks to Mandy Stretton, of Cropston, for asking her builders to give us three one-tonne bags which are vital to our transportation and storage.
Mandy’s gate bears this old sign from the LNER. It made us 😊
Thanks, Mandy — and your builders. Nice wall. Nice gate!

Thank you to Jock, and — soon — Vipers RFC. Jock has promised us some one-tonne builders’ bags which we rely on. He has also promised to talk to his rugby club, Vipers, about getting them to collect cans for us.
Thanks, Jock and Vipers. We hope you’ll be meeting soon post-COVID-19

Thank you to Norman Bell and Cheryl Young, of Thurcaston who sought out an empty one-tonne bag from the garden and promised us more when the others are empty. A few days later they not only gave another bag… but delivered it, too!
Thank you… and yes, we will come and help you empty the other bags! 😊
St Patrick’s Day, 2020 and 26.03.2020

Thanks to the unnamed man in Hinckley Road, Leicester Forest West, for so generously coming to the door in his dressing gown, listening to the reason why H4H needs one-tonne builders’ bags and giving us four with a promise of more to come.
Thank you, sir. We hope you enjoyed your shower when you got back into it 😊
St Patrick’s Day, 2020

Thanks, again, to Can Man Ady for his four bin bags of crushed cans.
Thanks, Ady
St Patrick’s Day, 2020

Thanks to Matt M for giving Helipads For Hospital a one-tonne builder’s bag so crucial to the way the charity collects, transports and stores the thousands of cans we are given.
Thanks, Matt. Keep the football faith!
St Patrick’s Day, 2020

Thanks to the good people of Shepshed who filled the Big Red Bin in Glenmore Park with thousands of cans (and some Christmas decorations, model Santas, some clothes and some handbags clearly intended for the yellow Air Ambulance bin alongside).
St Patrick’s Day, 2020

Big Red Bin in Shepshed with overflow

Thanks to Michael and the staff at Zeph’s Cafe, Oadby for encouraging customers to donate cans and then rinsing them and crushing them.
Thank you, Michael and everyone
Friday, March 13, 2020

Thanks to the big-hearted Rotarians of the Heart of England, money was raised for another Big Red Bin. Pleae click here for the report
Thank you, Bala and Paul and D1060 Rotarians
Wednesday, February 11, 2020

Thanks to Andrew Neale for the use of his 45ft articulated trailer which has revolutionised the way H4H stores and transports cans.
Please click here for the report
Thanks, Andrew.

Thanks to Jason Tottey for giving us loads of one-tonne builders’ bags… exactly what we need to store the cans in and to transport them.
Thanks, Jason. Enjoy your landscaping project! 😊

Thanks to Ady A for his donation of a load of cans… many of them cleaned and crushed… just the way we like them!
Thanks, Ady.

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