British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2008-09-18 11:46:04

Isle of Wight BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic Fundraiser Success

Isle of Wight BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic Fundraiser SuccessIsle of Wight's Marine Mammal Medics Naomi White and Tara Hayter have raised over £600 in just one weekend of hard fundraising and beach cleaning.

Naomi, Conservation Manager and myself as Animal Keeper, joined the BDMLR team earlier this year. It didn't take long after training in Charmouth that we decided to organize a fundraising extravaganza at no better venue than our work place at Seaview Wildlife Encounter! The event took place over the August bank holiday, when we set up an informative display about the BDMLR and organized lots of fun events for the visitors to get involved in, including ‘save’ a duck, tombola, face painting and to make light of the fact we have had lots of new editions to the park this summer 'name a baby penguin!'. Lots of fun was had by all (including Lunar, the baby penguin) and despite the typical bank holiday weather the public showed great interest and generosity donating a total of £500 to the BDMLR.

The biggest challenge however involved a pair of rubber gloves and plenty of rather large bin bags still to follow! In just 24 hours Naomi and myself (with a little help of some supportive family members) collected rubbish from 22 beaches off the Island’s coast. This amounted to at least 25 bags of rubbish as well as £100 sponsorship money. It is estimated that as much as 50% of rubbish collected was plastic (mostly bottles) and approximately 20% was disregarded fishing line and gear. Regardless of the fact that bins were provided on some beaches the amount of empty beer cans, bottle tops and sweet wrappers found was shocking (Bembridge being particularly bad!). Whether the rubbish collected was beach litter or litter washed ashore from the sea, both are a result of laziness and negligence from our society and provides a clear indication of the battle our environment and all it contains is up against.

It can be assured however, that those that did donate and support us during our fundraising efforts recognize the BDMLR as a valuable and dedicated charity, with perhaps even a new member to join the team soon! Therefore we would like to thank all those involved and hope that the money we raised can contribute to future marine mammal rescues and research which may occur in our British coastal regions.

Tara Hayter and Naomi White
Isle of Wight BDMLR Team