The Discovery Centre Appeal was boosted this month by securing not one, but two leading politicians in the region keen to support our fundraising campaign as Patrons of the Appeal
First to join the growing list of Patrons was Keith Taylor MEP, the leading Green Party spokesman and Representative for the South East of England at the European Parliament. Commenting on his appointment Keith Taylor said: ” The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is both beautiful and ecologically vital; I am delighted to have been asked to join none other than Sir Quentin Blake as a patron of the Rye Discovery Centre Appeal. The plans to enhance the visitor experience have my full backing. And I support Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve’s public appeal for the vital extra funds needed to help them deliver their vision.”
The Appeal is also delighted to welcome Amber Rudd, the local MP for Hastings & Rye and Home Secretary as one of its Patrons also. A keen campaigner for local industries, Ms Rudd has championed the cause of Hastings and Rye fishermen in her community.
The two join an illustrious list of well-known celebrities and public figures who, as Patrons, now spearhead the Appeal’s campaign to raise £4million to establish the Discovery Centre Project at Rye Harbour. Other Patrons include the world-famous illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, RSPB Chairman Kevin Cox, gardener, broadcaster and author Sarah Raven, and former Climate Change Minister Lord Barker of Battle and Bexhill.