21st Jan, 2019

HSBC 'pound for pound' scheme sees boost Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Correspondent 25th Aug, 2018

REDDITCH resident Tony Kelly has raised £500 for local wildlife conservation charity Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

Tony’s employer, HSBC UK, runs a Pound for Pound scheme that supports charitable fundraising. The scheme matches money raised or time donated by the employee, in their own time, to a UK-registered charity.

HSBC UK’s Pound for Pound scheme has matched Tony’s 50 hours of volunteering on Worcestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserves at £10 an hour, resulting in a donation of £500 to the local charity.

Tony, a member of the Redditch bird-ringing group, said “I’m very grateful to HSBC UK that they have this scheme in place. I have been volunteering as a bird-ringer for many years and it’s great that my efforts have been doubled by this donation.”

Bird-ringing involves attaching a small numbered ring to the leg of a bird. This can then be read if the bird is captured, photographed or found dead.

It is from activities like this that we know more about the longevity of birds as well as how far they migrate and their habits.

The Redditch group normally purchase their own rings but wish to thank Professor Jon Sadler and Birmingham University for funding the rings used at Chaddesley Woods for studies that specifically researched great and blue tits.

Mike Perry, head of resources at Worcestershire wildlife Trust said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Tony for all the work he and his group have undertaken on our nature reserves as well as to thank HSBC UK for matching Tony’s efforts with a donation.

“With volunteering opportunities as diverse as practical conservation on our nature reserves, working with teenagers, welcoming visitors to our events or researching the history of reserves, there really is something for almost everyone to get involved with.”

For more information visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk

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