Volunteers from a Hindu Temple have been cleaning up their local neighbourhood.

Members of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, on Pramukh Swami Place, Preston collected more than 25 bags of rubbish during the 'Great British Spring Clean', the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign. 

The annual event is organised by Keep Britain Tidy, to inspire, educate and enable everyone in the country to value the environment on their doorstep. Keep Britain Tidy is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. 

The volunteers from the BAPS Temple were joined by the Mayor of Preston, Councillor Yakub Patel,

He said, “I really appreciate this organisation is taking responsibility in keeping Britain tidy and it shows that this type of work is to inspire, educate and enable everyone in the community to value the environment on their doorstep.” 

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Hema Patel, a volunteer at the temple, added, “His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the global spiritual leader of the BAPS Hindu fellowship and the inspirer of the Mandir, teaches us to respect and care for the environment and to serve our local communities as a part of our social responsibility. 

"Seeing so many volunteers come together for such a worthy cause is a testimony of the community spirit between the temple and its neighbours and demonstrates the transformative power and impact of collective action.

“We would also like to congratulate Keep Britain Tidy for its tremendous work over the past 70 years and look forward to supporting their community projects in the future.”

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Preston City Councillor Matthew Brown, said, “I was delighted to see volunteers from the BAPS Mandir take part in the Great British Spring Clean in Preston, this year. This selfless act from our Hindu community shows the brilliant contribution they continue to make sure Prestonian’s live in a more pleasant world.”

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Preston, has been established at Ribble Bank Street since 2015. It provides various educational, community and spiritual activities for children, youths, families and the elderly.