Sussex Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that the appeal to raise funds for the new Discovery Centre at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has received a major boost with a £25,000 pledge from the Bernard Sunley Foundation.
The Foundation gives £3 million each year to charitable causes that promote community, education, health and social welfare.
The Discovery Centre, a joint project between Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, will meet many of the Foundation’s objectives by offering an exciting education programme to inform visitors of all ages about the reserve’s fantastic wildlife. The Discovery Centre will also provide accessible facilities for disabled and older people, including a wildlife garden and café with fabulous views.
Welcoming the news, Sussex Wildlife Trust CEO Tor Lawrence said: “We’re delighted the Bernard Sunley Foundation is backing the Discovery Centre, and are extremely grateful for their support. The Centre will transform the way visitors learn about wildlife at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.”
The Discovery Centre is supported by a growing spectrum of charities, local authorities and statutory agencies. The public appeal is now seeking to raise a further £500,000 for the Discovery Centre, which will be completed in December of this year and ready to open in 2020 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Discovery Centre can request a monthly newsletter to keep them posted about sightings of some of the outstanding wildlife at the reserve, news of upcoming events to support the Discovery Centre and ways to donate to the Appeal. ryeharbourdiscoverycentre.org.uk
For more information about the work of the Bernard Sunley Foundation, bernardsunley.org