A little bit of litter picking does you good

Malcolm Walls and his dog Poppy in Furnace Green, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151011-123032008
Malcolm Walls and his dog Poppy in Furnace Green, Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151011-123032008

A man who has filled more than 600 carrier bags with litter says he does it because it makes him feel good and helps the community.

Wildlife enthusiast Malcolm Walls has been picking up litter - come rain or shine - in Furnace Green for three years.

Mr Walls has disposed of drug users’ needles and syringes, and even dirty nappies.

He started picking litter near his home while walking his dog Poppy.

He retired 11 years ago because of a spinal injury.

He said the pain of bending down to pick litter meant he could not get out to collect rubbish on some days.

Mr Walls, who suffers from anxiety, said: “It made me feel so good with myself that I had done something for my community that next time I walked Poppy I did it again.

“It helps me with my anxiety and back pain in a way you never would have thought possible or logical.

“My doctor is amazed at this and supports me fully as it helped me feel good about something for my community.

“The council can’t do it all and they do try and I liaise with them it there anything big to collect like fly-tipping.”

He added: “Some days I get stuck indoors as my spinal injury wins the day and I can’t get out but I never give up and never will.

“I sometimes clear up the football matches as some teams - not all - leave lots of litter.”

Mr Walls, who worked in retail for 32 years, added: “My wife Angela is very supportive, some 33 years now we’ve been married and without her I am nothing.

“My two daughters are also a great source of support for me.”