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2017 was an exciting year of growth and change for Sea-Changers. This brief review summarises the highlights of the year.

 

Grants

2017 was a big year for grant giving. We gave out 29 grants (£14,615) in total for projects right across the UK – from the Orkney Islands to Northern Ireland to Cornwall. The full range of projects can be seen on our website here. We are really proud that many of the projects we funded are grassroots, community based projects that simply would not happen without the funding we provide. We are also proud of the innovation that our grants are enabling, for example the University of Portsmouth, Tidal Bin Project.

We are keen to show the impact our grants are having and request all funded projects return an evaluation form once their project is completed. We have now built an evaluation section on our website where visitors can read more about the outcomes of funded projects. In addition, we have also created an interactive map of the UK so visitors can click and see where we have funded marine conservation projects.

 

Partnerships

We are immensely grateful to our business partners who continue to support our work in a range of ways. Without their support we would not be able to support the range and number of marine conservation projects we do – they are all sea-changing superstars. 2017 saw some fantastic fundraising milestones from our supporters:

  • Mike’s Dive Store fundraising reached the £10,000 mark.
  • Boat Share Finder reached £3,000.
  • Hebridean Island Cruises took their total fundraising to over £25,000.

Thank you so much and we look forward to continuing our fantastic relationships with you in the future.

 

Fundraisers

We also want to say a big thank you to individuals who raised money for us or donated throughout 2017. Your donations: by text, direct debit, via our website, or cheques in the post are all wonderful. We also had a number of sporty supporters in 2017. Helen, Rachel and Sam ran the Virgin Money London Marathon raising funds for Sea-Changers and Tim ran Race to The Stones – an ultra marathon. We also appreciated the one-off fundraiser by Gelato Village in Leicester who ran a fundraising evening for Sea-Changers in March.

 

The Gardeners Trust and the Marine Litter Fund

In September 2017 Sea-Changers received a grant of £20,000 from the Gardeners Trust. The purpose of the grant was for Sea-Changers to set up a Marine Litter Fund with the following objectives:

  • To address the root causes of marine litter in the UK.
  • To prevent or reduce marine litter impacting on UK coastal and marine environments and / or species.
  • To add to the body of knowledge about the nature and impact of marine litter in the UK.

This Gardeners Trust grant will be spent over the next two years with 60% of the grant going to Scottish projects and 40% going to projects across the rest of the UK. We are extremely grateful to the Gardeners Trust for this Grant which will enable so much vital conservation work to take place.

 

Governance

Sea-Changers said good bye to two Board members in 2017, Theo Stocker and Tony Tudor. Both had played key roles in the governance of Sea-Changers. Theo had been on the Board since Sea-Changers was established in December 2010. We are hugely grateful for both of their hard work and input over the past few years.

After a comprehensive recruitment process we were thrilled to appoint four new members to our Board in October 2017; Karen Bellamy, Tanya Ferry, Sue Holden and Beth Siddons. It is great to welcome them to Sea-Changers and we look forward to working with them.

Sea-Changers also spent time in 2017 reviewing our grant giving policy and process. The new Grant Policy takes into account the new Marine Litter Fund as well as strengthening the criteria and objectives of our existing grants fund. We were keen to maintain a grant application process that was not onerous for projects to complete, but which ensures the grant panel can make informed decisions.

 

Volunteers

Sea-Changers is a wonderful charity run by a team of fantastic volunteers. Without their support, hard work and commitment none of the above could happen. So, at the risk of missing someone out we would like to thank our core team of:  Beth Siddons, Helen Webb, Helen Scales, Karen Bellamy, Lesley Fitt, Pam Buchan, Rachel Lopata, Rosy Carter, Sarah Brown, Sarah Harvey, Sue Holden, Tanya Ferry. Thank you also to Iain Lopata for all the website assistance. 

 

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