Three local wildlife Trusts have said a big thank you to Southern Co-op, after a generous donation to help protect local sea life.
A total of £18,500 was given to the 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 Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Sussex and Dorset Wildlife Trusts and used to support their work along our coastline and beneath the seas.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Trust said: “Southern Co-op’s generosity will support us in celebrating our amazing marine wildlife through our Secrets of the Solent project. We are raising awareness about this special environment through art, seafood, citizen science, and volunteering, and tackling the pressures it faces such as plastic pollution.”