Sussex, Hampshire & Isle of Wight and Dorset Wildlife Trusts are saying a big thank you to a regional co-operative - Southern Co-op - after a generous donation will help protect our local sealife.
A total of £18,500 was given to the three Wildlife Trusts after Southern Co-op nominated them to receive it as part of an award scheme run by the national Co-op Group.
Southern Co-op, which runs food and funeral stores across the south of England, nominated the Wildlife Trusts as a charity to receive a donation from The Pioneer Awards which recognises organisations which support co-operatives in pioneering a different way of doing business.
As part of the awards, each organisation is able to nominate a local charity to receive a donation.
The funding will be split between Sussex, Hampshire & Isle of Wight and Dorset Wildlife Trusts and used to support their work along our coastline and beneath the seas.
Sarah Ward, Marine Officer at Sussex Wildlife Trust said: “We are using Southern Co-op’s generous donation to help deliver our vital Sussex Shoresearch and Seasearch Volunteering Projects, helping us to record plants, animals and habitats in our seas and on our shoreline. The aim of the project is to build a baseline of data on marine wildlife around Sussex to help promote its conservation.”