Staff at Grapevine Telecom have raised £5000 for Dorset’s wildlife as part of their charity fundraising year. The mobile telecoms company, based in Poole and Bath, celebrated its 20th year of trading by setting out to raise £20,000 for charity in 2011, with one quarter going to Dorset Wildlife Trust to protect the county’s wildlife.
We are very grateful for Grapevine’s support and pledge to use every penny carefully to protect Dorset’s fabulous wildlife and natural places
The money was raised with a series of events, including a quiz and charity auction at Dean Court, the home of Bournemouth Football Club, a golf day at Lansdowne Golf Course, a quiz and curry at Bath Rugby Club and a gruelling 50 mile sponsored cycle ride, with two teams setting off from the Bath and Poole offices to meeting half way at East Knoyle. The money donated to Dorset Wildlife Trust for its 50th Anniversary Appeal will be used to protect wildlife across the county as the conservation charity sets out on its next 50 years.
Simon Cripps, Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “These are tough times for the wildlife of Dorset with droughts and heath fires. They are also hard times for charities in a national recession, so support from companies such as Grapevine, who feel a responsibility to help look after the environment in which their company operates and their staff live, is so important. We are very grateful for Grapevine’s support and pledge to use every penny carefully to protect Dorset’s fabulous wildlife and natural places.”
Dorset Wildlife Trust needs all the funds possible since the spate of fires on the heath last year, we are only too happy to help the heath recover to what it was before
James Spinks, Sales Director of Grapevine Telecom, said: “We are committed to helping worthy charities in the local area and our 20th anniversary was the perfect opportunity to raise much needed funds. Dorset Wildlife Trust needs all the funds possible since the spate of fires on the heath last year, we are only too happy to help the heath recover to what it was before. Thanks to everyone here at Grapevine and our loyal customers, we achieved the target that we set ourselves.”
The cheque was presented to Simon Cripps at Grapevine Telecom’s office in Poole’s Nuffield Industrial Estate. For more information about supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust, click here or ring 01305 264620.
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For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Simon Cripps from Dorset Wildlife Trust receiving the cheque from James Spinks of Grapevine Telecom - Nicky Hoar