Donations from Charitable Trusts, Foundations and generous individuals can play a valuable role in funding our vital conservation work in the Isles of Scilly.

 

Recent charitable gifts from Trusts and Foundations have made a difference both on Trust land and in support services. Funding from the Halpin Trust has enabled us to put in place fundraising systems and processes to allow us to develop our first fundraising programme. Over the next 12 months, this will help the charity become more financially resilient freeing up resources to carry out even more wildlife conservation work in Scilly.

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Claire Halpin explains why the Halpin Trust chose to support the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

“Supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust was a unanimous decision by all 4 trustees. A couple of our trustees knew Sarah from her previous job and had enjoyed working with her so were keen to get involved with her work in the Isles of Scilly. We have been greatly impressed by the progress made by IoSWT under Sarah’s leadership, and the enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism she brings to the job (which we have seen first-hand from the first small project we supported). Also, the values of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust align very well with those of our trustees and this is of paramount importance when we consider applications for funding.”

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Funding from the Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust has helped our Ranger Team replace old rotten wooden boardwalk and bridges with 273m of end of life recycled plastic boardwalk and bridges at Lower & Higher Moors nature trails. This has enabled 273,000 plastic bottles to be re-purposed. To have funding to purchase the recycled plastic and have it shipped over to Scilly means that the maintenance of these nature trails will now be kept to a minimum and residents and visitors can continue to walk around the Islands to enjoy the wildlife in Scilly for years to come. The time we would have spent maintaining the old wooden boardwalk can now be better spent where it is more urgently needed.

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Ultimately we are a small, yet highly effective charity with grit and determination to make our mark. If you are a Charitable Trust or Foundation, or an individual who would like to make a significant donation, and you'd like to fund our wildlife conservation work in the Isles of Scilly, please do get in touch. We will work closely with you to identify an area of work which suits the values and vision of you, your trustees or your organisation. We have a strategic plan in place from 2017-2022. In particular, we are currently looking for funders who would like to help with running costs over the next 2-3 years which will in turn allow us to put capacity into continuing our fundraising development work.

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If you think you can help, please contact [email protected].