THEY say where there is muck there is money.
But, as Blackpool Army cadets on a community service project discovered, unfortunately it applies the other way too – where charity money is involved.
For many years, Blackpool South Rotary Club has maintained a wishing well on the Pleasure Beach forecourt.
Although the landmark provides good income to help worthy local causes, it has often been an easy target for thieves and as well as the coinage, much unpleasant rubbish is thrown into the well.
That is why the money has to be thoroughly cleaned before it can be banked and its condition means it cannot just be put through cash cleaning machines.
Over time, the job of emptying and maintaining the well was left to a small dedicated band of club members.
One member, Roger Longden, who is the officer commanding, Wingate Company (Fylde coast) of the Lancashire Army Cadet Force, was very keen for his cadets to involve themselves in community service.
And what better way to help secure bronze level in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme than to empty the Rotary well?
Blackpool South publicity chairman Jeff Meadows said: “The cadets now regularly empty and clean the well and are fine ambassadors for the Army Cadet force and young people in general. We appreciate all their efforts.”