Meet the nine-year-old boy cleaning up South Tyneside

Daniel Rowell is pictured with the Mayor, Coun Ken Stephenson and Mayoress Coun Ken Stephenson and Cathy Stephenson.
Daniel Rowell is pictured with the Mayor, Coun Ken Stephenson and Mayoress Coun Ken Stephenson and Cathy Stephenson.

A youngster on a mission to clean up South Tyneside has been recognised for his efforts with an award.

Nine-year-old Daniel Rowell, of Hedworth in Jarrow, regularly takes part in clean-ups in his area, collecting the litter that others leave behind.

Daniel Rowell with Mayor Coun Ken Stephenson.

Daniel Rowell with Mayor Coun Ken Stephenson.

Instead of having a party for his birthday, he opted to do a beach clean and, with the help of his family, collected three big bags of rubbish from Sandhaven Beach.

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He also makes ecobricks – reusable building blocks - from single use plastics, boosting still further his environmental credentials.

Now his hard work and ‘green’ approach have been recognised as he has been presented with the first ever #LoveSouthTyneside award.

Daniel Rowell has been clearing up South Tyneside.

Daniel Rowell has been clearing up South Tyneside.

Presenting the award, the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson, said: “It is quite clear that Daniel really cares about where he lives – and about the planet as a whole.

“He is a truly inspirational young man and a fantastic ambassador for the Borough.

"By presenting this award, I hope more people will follow his lead and do their bit to make South Tyneside an even better place in which to live.”

The #LoveSouthTyneside campaign was launched earlier this year in a bid to recognise and promote civic pride, raise awareness of volunteering and community events and promote South Tyneside as a great place to live.

Daniel said: "I am really proud and happy that I got this award, I love helping to make the environment a better place for everyone.

"I can't wait to do my next clean up."