Thursday, 17 April 2014

Three cheers to our Brighton Marathon Runners!

The Brighton Marathon was a huge success for the MCS runners this year and we would like to thank everyone who took part and raised funds to help protect our seas!

Tony Evans completed his fourth Brighton Marathon in aid of MCS in just 3 hours 56 minutes. Tony's raised £1,015 so far this year! He says "for the first 18 or 19 miles I was on course for 3h45 but I had a really bad last 10k. I swore I'd never do it again, but now the pain has faded and I can walk up stairs again, I'm already thinking of going again next year."

Miles Nicholson finished his first ever marathon in an incredible 4 hours 14 minutes and has raised £861.20! Miles says "26.2 miles is too far to be enjoyable, but I'm thrilled that I managed to raise over £850. I have a deep love for the sea - I'm so pleased that I have made a small contribution to support MCS. It was a great honour to be a part of the MCS team."

Eddie Stubbings achieved a new personal best running his second marathon for MCS, completing the 26.2 mile course in 3 hours 49 minutes! Eddie has also raised £565.50 so far to protect our seas!

Thanks also Lizzi Hollis and Sea Champion Caroline McKay, who were due to take part but were
unable to do so due to injury and illness, for training hard and fundraising. We wish you both a speedy recovery!

The Brighton Marathon Team have raised over £3,000 to protect our seas this year!

Registration for Brighton Marathon 2015 is now open!

You can apply for one of our charity places today find out more and register online>> 

Clockwise from top left: Eddie Stubbings, Tony Evans and Miles Nicholson at the Brighton Marathon 2014.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Funds raised for troubled turtles

Two kind-hearted youngsters presented a cheque for £100 to the Marine Conservation Society, after being inspired by Sea Champions at last years Dunbar Science Festival.

Sea Champion Sarah Conner (pictured below) talked to the girls last year about the plight of sea turtles, and the impact of beach litter in our oceans.

Elsie Brennan and her friend Isla Tierney, both 10, decided enough was enough and wanted to help, so they decided to raise money for these animals. Over the past year, they have been busy with various fundraising tasks, including a running a stand at their school fair and donating their pocket money. Toughest of all was a month-long sponsored sugar ban!

Elsie and Isla presented the cheque to Sea Champion Sarah at this years Dunbar Science Festival.

Would you like to inspire people like Elsie and Isla? If so, get in touch with your Volunteer Coordinator to find out about upcoming events in your area.

Sea Champion Sarah Conner (right) receiving a cheque for £100 from Elsie and Isla's amazing year of fundraising efforts at the Dunbar Science Festival.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sea Champions to the rescue!

Scottish Sea Champions Matt and Sarah help rescue a stranded harbour porpoise. 

After completing a Seasearch survey dive in the Forth estuary on Saturday, Sea Champions Matt and Sarah weren't expecting to be back in the water so soon.

On Sunday, the duo received a call regarding a stranded harbour porpoise at Crombie Point.

Having recently completing training on how to rescue stranded marine animals, they were keen to offer their help, and were the first Marine Mammal Medics on the scene alongside the SSPCA Officer.

After a few hours in balmy 7 degree water, the Porpoise was rested and refloated before swimming away. Fingers crossed he makes it!

If you want to find out about becoming a Marine Mammal Medic please check out the British Divers Marine Life Rescue website.


Watch our Sea Champions in action as they help to refloat a harbour porpoise 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sea Champions Survey: The results are in!

Your voice is important to us!

Over the chilly winter months, you've been telling us what you think of your Sea Champions experience so far, to help us spot the areas to improve.

"A big thank you to all who contributed – you’ve provided valuable feedback which will help shape the future of the Sea Champions programme. Have a look at our action plan to see what we are doing, and have done, to help you get the most out of your Sea Champions experience." Justine Millard, UK Sea Champions Manager.

Here’s what you said, and what we are doing>>