Customers help raise over Â£1250 for marine rescue charity
Real ale drinkers at The Bamburgh Castle Inn have helped to raise over £1250 to rescue and support marine mammals in difficulties in the North Sea.
The Bamburgh Castle Inn, which enjoys one of the best locations on the North East coast looking out to the Farne Islands and along to Bamburgh Castle, selected the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) as its chosen charity for 2014. Each time a pint of Hadrian & Border Farne Island – the Inn’s house real ale - was sold in the bar last year, the Inn donated 5p in aid of the charity’s work with sick and stranded porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals.
The Bamburgh Castle Inn general manager, Peter O Brien, present the cheque to Corinne Gordon from the BDMLR, which will put the money towards essential rescue equipment including a marine mammal medic kit, dolphin stretcher and seal kennel and bag.
Peter said: “We were delighted to raise so much towards the BDMLR’s work, which plays an important role in saving and caring for our marine mammals.
“We selected the charity for support last year because it makes a real difference locally. The BDMLR’s volunteers are on call around the clock to respond to reports of sick or injured marine mammals washed up on our beaches, and it’s a service that is absolutely essential here in Seahouses because of the huge grey seal population on the Farne Islands.
“Thousands of visitors take boat trips or dive off the islands every year and many of these have helped towards the preservation of the seal colony by supping a pint at the Inn. It’s great to know that our customers have helped the charity to buy and replace the equipment it depends on to carry out its sterling work.”
The Bamburgh Castle Inn is famed for its stunning views of the Farne Islands, which are home to the UK’s largest population of grey seals. Unfortunately, during stormy weather, seal pups are often stranded on local beaches and the BDLMR is a key resource to ensure their survival.
The BDMLR relies entirely on the generosity of the public to fund its work and on the dedication of its volunteers, who work along the English, Scottish and Welsh coastlines. Money raised by the charity also goes towards training volunteers in the essential skills they need to deal with marine mammals in distress. The charity assists the coastguard, police and animal welfare groups in addition to responding to calls from the public.
Alan Knight OBE the BDMLR’s chair and founder said: “This is a fantastic contribution and will make a massive difference to the local team. What makes it even better is that so many people were enjoying themselves while making a contribution! We would like to thank Peter O’Brien and his team at The Bamburgh Castle Inn for their efforts and also our volunteers who have done so much in the area for marine wildlife.”
BDMLR area coordinator Richard Ilderton said: This donation will be used for vital equipment including a marine mammal medic kit, dolphin stretcher, seal kennel and bag to help sick and stranded porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals. My utmost thanks go to the Bamburgh Castle Inn and all our Marine Mammal medics in this area who do a fantastic job in one of the busiest areas. Well done all.”
BDMLR fact file
· The BDMLR is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers, with teams on call around the clock, 365 days a year.
· The charity was set up in 1988 in response to the mass deaths of Harbour seals in the Wash off East Anglia.
· The BDMLR trains more than 400 volunteer Marine Mammal Medics around the UK.
· It has 20 whale rescue pontoons located at strategic points throughout the UK to help stranded whales and dolphins.
· Anyone who spots a stranded seal pup should contact the BDMLR and not try to put the animal back in the sea. You should also keep clear of the animal and keep dogs well away. Take a note of the location, state of the tide and any injuries on the animal.
· You can contact the BDMLR to respond to emergencies on 01825 765546 weekdays from 9am-5pm or 07787 433412 in the evenings and weekends.
Check out the BDLMR’s website at http://www.bdmlr.org.uk/ for more information about the charity’s vital work.