Greggs set to feed the 3,000 in Sunderland clean-up

Sunderland students will be given a helping hand on their mission to clean up the city centre next week, thanks to bakery giant Greggs.

Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a collaborative project with Sunderland College and Sunderland Council called 100 Quick Wins, which will see up to 3000 students embark upon a three-day clean-up campaign from 18-20 October.

And now the region’s most famous baker has backed the scheme by providing food for all of the young people taking part.

Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland BID, is delighted that Greggs has offered its support.

“With 3000 students set to take part in the 100 Quick Wins initiative, we have been heavily reliant on help and donations from local and regional companies,” she said.

“Thanks to Greggs and its generous offer, we can keep our hardworking students fed and energised with brilliant food from the region’s favourite bakery. We are very grateful for the firm’s support.”

With under a week to go until the project kicks-off, organisers are still keen to source other products and equipment needed to carry out the work.

The tasks set to be undertaken include painting, weeding, litter picking, sweeping and generally cleaning up Park Lane Market and other areas within the city centre.

“Although the students are all set to begin next week, we are still in need of some vital equipment,” added Sharon. “A lot of the work can’t be carried out without it, so we are once again appealing to anyone who may be able to work with us to support our students.”

Among the items still required are steel-toe boots, protective overalls, paint, paint brushes, plastic sheeting and buckets to shovels and brooms.

Any firms which wish to lend or donate items of equipment, or see the full list of what is required, should email