A national salute for ex-major's litter picks in Sherborne
A Sherborne volunteer who has helped to organise litter picks in the town for more than a year has been nominated for a national award.
Former Army major Anthony Vosper, aged 67, now commands the Stop the Litter campaign which holds a regular series of litter picks in the town.
He was nominated by town council staff member Claire Rowland.
Mr Vosper said: “I am absolutely delighted and touched by the nomination.
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“It was a complete surprise and the first I heard of it was when I had a phone call to interview me about it.”
The nomination is part of the Sunday Telegraph British Volunteer Awards.
In her nomination, Mrs Rowland said: “Anthony generously gives his time and is an excellent volunteer; inspirational, efficient, hard-working, very professional in approach, and has a great sense of humour.
“He is often seen with his picker around town leading a team of fellow volunteers.”
The campaign, set up in 2009 after town councillor Peter Rhodes heard many thought litter to be a problem, has gone from strength to strength, now with more than 150 members.
The group arranges monthly weekday litter picks and bi-monthly weekend meeting points.
They divide the town into quarters and clear each area of litter.
Mr Vosper said the group now hopes to expand into the outskirts of the town. He added: “It’s certainly growing in popularity. I think people find it quite gratifying to help and want to be involved.”
Mr Vosper said his love for Sherborne prompted him to get involved.
He said: “I took part because I think it is a super cause and I take pride in what we do.
“It is all part of the joy we take in preserving our town.
“The campaign has become very popular since it began.”
Mr Vosper, also a police volunteer, has managed to incorporate litter-picking as part of Sherborne’s restorative justice scheme.
Mr Vosper said: “They’re enthusiastic and tell me they find it fulfilling. Some have said they like doing something for the community, and that they will come back and join us as volunteers.”
The winner of the awards will be announced during a ceremony at the end of this month.