Cornish fundraiser receives national recycling award for recycling achievement

Local fundraiser Peter Sweet has received a national recycling award from Every Can Counts for his outstanding work in collecting thousands of cans in support of The Children’s Hospice South West.

Peter teamed up with local recycling business, Henry Orchard & Sons – St Austell to raise money for the Precious Lives Appeal by collecting and recycling drinks cans in the local area. The aim was to raise enough funds to build a new hospice called Little Harbour, supporting families in Plymouth and Cornwall. This has resulted in a staggering £12,000 being raised to date demonstrating ‘Every Can Counts’ has made a difference.

Due to the hard work and dedication, the Little Harbour Hospice is now completed and serving the local community. Peter is still continuing his fundraising efforts for the Hospice and collects drinks cans from business and local can recyclers in the area raising funds for the hospice.

Peter commented on his award: “As well as raising money for a good cause and tidying the local area I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that every can I collect is infinitely recyclable and the money raised has helped the Little Harbour Hospice.”

Presenting the award Ruth Meeke, Programme Manager of Every Can Counts, said:  “Peter is an inspiration, he dedicates most of his free time to fund raise for the Little Harbour Hospice, he is a keen can recycler, the ‘Every Can Counts’ Green Can Award is fully deserved and  recognises Peter’s dedication to recycling over the years.”

Henry Orchard said: “Peter has shown complete dedication for over 10 years with his recycling efforts and the money he has raised for the hospice. He is an inspiration for others and I am very pleased that he has been recognised for his hard work over the last decade.”

The Children’s Hospice provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. To find out more visit

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