Man cleans ATMs, parking meters and shop fronts for free in North Somerset
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A man has been disinfecting cash machines, parking metres and shop doorways in Weston for free.
A man has been disinfecting cash machines, parking metres and shop doorways in North Somerset for free.
Neil Marsh, aged 41, has been voluntarily cleaning in different towns including Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea, despite losing 90 per cent of his cleaning business to coronavirus.
Neil’s business, CleanSec, has been closed following Government advice to shut businesses not selling or providing essential products and the company has lost businesses from car showrooms, sports establishments, offices and more.
In Weston alone, he cleans more than 20 cash machines, 16 parking metres and around 10 shops during his rounds in the early hours of the morning,
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Neil, of Bristol said: “I’ve been going out from 4-6am volunteering my services with cleaning around different areas.
“I’ve been cleaning and disinfecting cashpoint machines, parking meters and shop doorways such as frames and handles, concentrating on shops that are remaining open.
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“I’m cleaning more than 20 cash machines each morning. Some of these are at petrol stations and it’s nice to get a smile from the cashiers when I’m doing this. I then move onto parking meters and more recently shop entrances.
“The reason I’ve chosen to do this in Weston first is because I still have some key worker sites open down here that need cleaning and disinfecting daily, such as Daisychain Child Care in Weston.
“This is a free service because I enjoy helping people and I’m also doing elderly people’s shopping.
“I work alone, so come into no contact with the public or business owners. This is a volunteer role, so I feel the government would be happy with ordinary people’s help.”
Neil is also the founder of FoodSentials, which donates to Weston night shelter and Help Bristol’s Homeless.
He has had to furlough his staff at CleanSec, which Neil says have been ‘amazing throughout all this and remained very professional at all times’.
He continued: “I can’t fault Donna, Kym, Louisa, Marianne and Hayley. They work hard at all times and give 110 per cent for the business.
“My clients are also amazing with their kind words and messages of support during this difficult time.”