A group of lottery winners has banded together to help an environmental organization.

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A group of lottery winners has banded together to help an environmental organization.

A GROUP OF MULTI-MILLIONAIRE LOTTERY WINNERS has banded together to clean up a beach of trash. The nine winners gathered early yesterday morning to work with The 2 Minute Foundation, an environmental nonprofit.

Deborah Mather, 63, from Chorley in Lancashire, who won £5.1 million in 2005, said: “I’ve learned an awful lot today about plastic and what it can do, not just to animals but also to humans.”

“There have been some items left on the beach that you wouldn’t dream of.”

She described the amount of plastic garbage washed up on New Brighton beach in Wirral, Merseyside, as “pretty shocking.”

Ben Woods, 40, from Wirral, said he found felt-tip pen lids and bottle tops when he won just under £2.5 million in 2004.

“It is something near and dear to my heart as a father to guarantee that our beaches are kept clean so that everyone may fully enjoy them,” he said.

“And, in the year of the great British staycation, it feels more appropriate than ever to be doing anything like this.”

“People in the UK are now witnessing it with their own eyes,” Claire Giner, campaigns manager for The 2 Minute Foundation, said.

“We are so reliant on plastics and plastic production that the climate is changing so quickly.

“In order to defeat one, we must defeat both.”

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