Trust that runs nature reserves near Skegness receives £70k

Members of the public joined Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve staff, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust workers and colleagues from Lincolnshire Co-op to celebrate the �72,249 donation to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Members of the public joined Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve staff, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust workers and colleagues from Lincolnshire Co-op to celebrate the �72,249 donation to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

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A really wild show of support has been given to the body responsible for a nature reserve near Skegness, as well as others in the county.

More than £70,000 has been donated to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust through Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme.

The trust, along with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, were the business’ chosen Community Champions between June and September.

This meant, every time a Lincolnshire Co-op member shopped using their dividend card, a donation was made to the charities.

In all, £81,636 was raised for the causes. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust received £72,249 of the sum, with the Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire trusts receiving more than £7,400 and £1,900 respectively.

Founded in 1948, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is a voluntary charitable organisation which cares for Lincolnshire’s wildlife and countryside.

It runs Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, near Skegness, plus Snipe Dales Country Park and Nature Reserve, near Horncastle, Whisby Nature Park, near Lincoln, Willow Tree Fen, near Spalding, and Far Ings National Nature Reserve, near Barton-upon-Humber.

Chief executive Paul Learoyd said: “This is an incredibly generous donation to our work. We thank Lincolnshire Co-op and its members for their support.

“This is a significant donation that will help our work engaging young people with the natural world in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.”

Lincolnshire Co-op community manager Sam Turner said: “Just by spending with us and using their dividend card, members can raise money for these great causes. It’s a great way for our customers to give back to the community.”