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Last Updated: Wednesday April 02 2008 05:56 GMT

I got a diploma for my beach clean-up

Hannah with the bags of rubbish she picked up from the beach

Press Packer Hannah raised money for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society by cleaning up her local beach.

Here's her story.

"I love dolphins, I think they are lovely, lively animals.

I'm also a member of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and I sponsor a bottlenose dolphin.

In one of their magazines I saw a picture of a whale washed up on the beach with a plastic bag around its head.

I decided that I would raise some money for the WDCS by getting sponsored to clean up my beach.

Lots of litter

It took about six hours to clean it up - I did it with my mum, dad and sister. We picked up lots of rope, beer cans, bottles and plastic bags.

We kept a tally of how much we had collected - 1,800 pieces of litter!

The beach looked much better, so much cleaner.

And I raised 125.50 in sponsorship money!

Bedroom wall

I think it's really important that we keep all our beaches clean, as rubbish can go into the sea and harm the animals in there.

The WDCS sent me a dolphin diploma to say thank you for raising the money, and I've put it on my bedroom wall.

I'm going to keep raising money for whales and dolphins - I might do a sponsored swim next!"

Hannah, 11, West Sussex


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