RSPB Scotland Schools Programme Boosted by NorthLink Ferries

Tuesday 4th October 2016

RSPB Scotland has received a fundraising boost thanks to local ferry operator NorthLink Ferries.

The company hosted a wildlife cruise as the grand finale of this year’s Orkney Nature Festival in May on board its vessel, MV Hamnavoe. The cruise was attended by more than 400 people and raised almost £2,700 for the wildlife charity’s work in Orkney.

The funds raised will support RSPB Scotland with its education programme which is offered free of charge to schools in Orkney.

Stuart Garrett, Managing Director of NorthLink Ferries, was in Orkney to present the cheque. He said: “The wildlife cruise was a great success and one of the highlights of this year’s Orkney Nature Festival.

“Passengers, including myself, really enjoyed having the opportunity to travel the full length of Hoy’s spectacular coastline and we take great pride in the event raising such a large amount for RSPB Scotland. We look forward to working together in the near future as we continue to strengthen our relationship with local groups.”

Alison Nimmo, RSPB Scotland’s Community Engagement Officer in Orkney, added: “We are very grateful to NorthLink Ferries for hosting this year’s wildlife cruise, which was a wonderful finale to the Nature Festival.

“The fantastic amount of funds raised will help create opportunities for children to explore and learn more about Orkney’s amazing wildlife.”

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