2018 Sea-Changers Grant Winners

2018 Sea-Changers Grant Winners

We are thrilled to announce that our Morecambe Bay and Cumbria region is a recipient of a 2018 Sea-Changers Grant! This money will enable us to replace much of the old, well-used equipment that (in some cases) is hanging on by a thread! There are also enough funds to create a new beach clean group and purchase all the necessary kit to help us clean up another patch of the north west coast.

Sea-Changers raises money for lots of different UK-based marine conservation charities and non-profit organisations. The organisation has a specific interest in projects that ‘galvanise community action and…increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation’. For more information on Sea-Changers or to read about other projects they have funded, click here.

Since 2003, our volunteers have dedicated more than 12,500 hours cleaning local beaches around Morecambe Bay and Cumbria, removing 48 tonnes (and counting!) of rubbish from this beautiful part of the north west coast. The vast majority of this rubbish is plastic, which can have significant negative impacts on wildlife and knock on effects on the food chain, as well as ruining the beautiful views.

Beach clean groups associated with the programme now exist in many locations. In the Bay area, locations include Arnside, Silverdale, Sunderland Point, Walney Island, Morecambe, Middleton and Hest Bank. Regular groups also operate in west Cumbria at Allonby, Crosscanonby, Silloth, Wolsty Banks and Bowness-on- Solway. With Sea-Changers support, we hope to keep increasing the number of groups out there and the amount of rubbish taken off our beaches!

Thanks again to Sea-Changers for deciding to support the work we do in Morecambe Bay and Cumbria.

Are you interested in joining a beach clean? Why not check out our volunteering page here. In June alone we have more than 35 events up and down the coast! See if there’s a beach clean near you and come along for some sun, sea and fresh air.