A BAND of Wilko staff members and residents took to the streets last week to clean up areas of Westbrook.

The group also tidied up the town centre as part of the Great British Spring Clean initiative, which they are headline sponsors of.

And according to Keep Britain Tidy, who organised the scheme, more than 563,000 volunteers participated in similar events across the country.

Keith Peers, store manager of Wilko Warrington, said: “We’re huge supporters of the Great British Spring Clean and we’re thrilled that we have staff members and customers that want to make a real difference to the town.

“It makes a real difference to the city centre and as a high street business, we love the fact that it helps shoppers fall in love with Warrington every time they visit.”

As well as pledging to help clean up areas and social spaces around the town, Wilko have also launched an affordable range of clean-up equipment including litter-pickers, bags, high-vis vests and hand sanitiser.

The retailer had aimed to involve 500,000 people from across the UK in cleaning the nation’s streets, parks and beaches during the Great British Spring Clean initiative but smashed their target by more than 60,000.

Speaking about the national campaign, Wilko CEO Andrew Moore added: “Supporting hard-working families is really important to us, and part of that is helping make sure that they have communities they can enjoy and thrive in.

“We know the environment on our doorsteps matters to people, which is why we chose to support Keep Britain Tidy through our carrier bag charge donations.

“The funding doesn’t just back this incredible campaign, it also supports projects which transform green spaces and those which educate children and young people about how they can make a difference to the environment.”