Island’s beach charity issues an appeal for new members to join up

Beachwatch Bute chairman Gordon Stevenson with staff from the Glenburn Hotel on a beach clean at Kerrycroy.

Beachwatch Bute chairman Gordon Stevenson with staff from the Glenburn Hotel on a beach clean at Kerrycroy.

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Beachwatch Bute was formally registered as a charity in April 1998. Sixteen years on, and the charity’s committee members, and beach ranger Sandra MacMillan, are as busy as they’ve ever been raising the funds they need to keep clearing marine litter from the island’s beaches.

That, though, doesn’t mean they’re resting on their laurels. Or that Sandra’s never-ending job is getting any easier. And Sandra and the charity’s chairman, Gordon Stevenson, visited The Buteman this week to share Beachwatch’s vision for the future - and what they need in order to get there.

“We’ve recently had to buy a new vehicle,” Sandra said, “and that has left quite a hole in our financial reserves.

“We’re quite canny - we don’t squander money, and we get a lot of payment in kind and preferential rates, and we’re very grateful for how well we appear to be thought of on the island.

“But we would like to expand our membership. We have about 30 members who donate monthly by direct debut, but we would like to expand that membership - and it only costs £10 a year.”

* Read the full feature in this week’s Buteman - on sale from today (Thursday, October 2).