A FOUNDATION set up in memory of a Trimpley woman has launched a new project to tackle a litter problem in the local reservoir.

The Emily Jordan Foundation, which works with people with learning disabilities, has teamed up with Severn Trent to rid Trimpley Reservoir, near Bewdley, of litter.

The project will see members of the foundation visiting the popular reservoir regularly to carry out site maintenance such as litter picking, while providing valuable experience to the people it supports.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Rubbish left at Trimpley Reservoir during lockdown. Photo by Jayne GreenRubbish left at Trimpley Reservoir during lockdown. Photo by Jayne Green

Chris Jordan, founder and chair of trustees at the Emily Jordan Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Severn Trent on this project, which is a win-win for everyone.

"This year has been particularly busy at the reservoir, and litter has become a major issue for families and wildlife.

"We approached Severn Trent to offer our services, and I am very pleased that they have responded in such a positive way.

"Employment opportunities are very difficult to find for our trainees with learning disabilities.

"From this project, we will be able to pay our guys for the hours they have worked, which makes a huge difference to their lives.

"This expands the ground maintenance work we already do on other sites in the Kidderminster area.”

The Shuttle reported in June how neighbours were calling for stricter controls at Trimpley Reservoir as lockdown sun-seekers flocked to the area, leaving piles of litter behind them.

Tom Crawford, site supervisor at Severn Trent said: “This is a really fantastic and valuable scheme that we’ve embarked on that will not only provide benefits to our site, but to the community as well.

"While we always do our best to make sure our sites are litter-free, this extra help from the team at the foundation will really help make a difference.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Trimpley Reservoir has become a popular destination for sun-seekers since the coronavirus lockdownTrimpley Reservoir has become a popular destination for sun-seekers since the coronavirus lockdown

“Being on site and seeing the enthusiasm and pride taken in the work they did was fantastic, and their work will ensure all of our visitors can enjoy Trimpley in its full beauty.

"We’re really thankful to the foundation for coming to us and offering their support, and we’re proud to be able to be part of something that will prove to have many benefits for the community.”

The Emily Jordan Foundation was set up by Chris and Sarah Jordan in 2008 as a legacy to their 21-year-old daughter, Emily, who was killed while river boarding in New Zealand in April 2008.

The foundation works with people with learning disabilities, and has developed a range of work-related projects in Kidderminster to suit different abilities. It also works with companies to find employment opportunities for those individuals who are able to move into the workplace.

For more information on The Emily Jordan Foundation, visit theemilyjordanfoundation.org.uk.