7 June 2013

Froglife Summer Raffle

Following the success of fundraising raffles in both London and Glasgow, this week sees the launch of the Froglife Summer Raffle in Peterborough.  

Over the next couple of months we will be selling raffle tickets for just £1 at several events Froglife will be attending in the city. If you can’t make it to the events, don’t worry, you can buy your tickets online here.

We have some wonderful raffle prizes for your £1 ticket that have been very generously donated:

1st Prize: A family ticket to Burghley House and Gardens 
Top prize: Visit the beautiful Burghley House and enjoy the interactive sculptures in The Garden of Surprises, just outside Stamford (photo courtesy of Burghley House)
2nd Prize: A family day ticket to Sacrewell Farm &Country Centre
Second prize: Come along and join the fun Sacrewell Farm near Peterborough, with historic buildings and farm animals (photo courtesy of Sacrewell Farm)
3rd Prize: A unique hand-crafted cushion made by Judy Goodlet as part of her 60 Cushions Challenge

Third prize: follow the progress of the cushion being specially made for our raffle by Judy Goodlet as part of her 60 Cushions Challenge on her blog (photo courtesy of Judy)

The draw for the raffle will be on Friday 26th July 2013 at the Froglife office and the funds raised will help to support our work protecting wildlife and habitats, and life-changing education projects.  Find out more about our work at the Froglife website here.

With fantastic prizes and a better chance of winning than the lottery, why not take a flutter on this fantastic raffle? Tickets are £1 each and available at the Froglife website here, from Froglife staff at events, or by calling the Froglife office on 01733 558844.

Good luck and thank you to our generous supporters for the prizes!

5 June 2013

Young Offenders put Spring in School’s Children’s Step

Young offenders working with Froglife have given a spring makeover to a wildlife area at The Park LanePrimary School in Whittelsey.  Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All scheme, the school’s formerly tired and overgrown area has been completely transformed with two new ponds, a dipping platform, a tool shed, an outdoor blackboard and wildlife-friendly planting.  Young offenders have given approximately 432 hours of their time to benefit pupils at the school, the local community and wildlife in the area.

The new outdoor classroom has been supported by over 400 hours of work by young offenders
Froglife has been providing activities for young offenders on reparation orders for Peterborough City Council since 2006, providing over 100 hours of positive and educational activities in all weathers each week.  We have recently secured a contract to help young people in Peterborough improve their local environment for another two years, and will be expanding our work to include preventative measures to help young people at risk of committing offences.  We were also lucky enough to be given extra support in this area by the Bromley Trust.

Activities with us serve as community service, and young people have so far left green footprints across Peterborough – including creating wildlife gardens in school grounds, creating and restoring ponds, building wildlife homes, growing plants and constructing an outdoor classroom at Froglife’s wildlife-friendly allotment.

“Park Lane’s outdoor classroom has been a fantastic project to support,” said James McAdie, who runs FACT - Froglife’s work with young offenders. “It has given the young people I work with the chance to create a wildlife garden from start to finish, learning new skills and giving something back by making an area that will be used and loved by generations of local schoolchildren.”

The Park Lane Primary School will be showing off their new outdoor classroom at an open day on Friday the 7th of June, with teachers and pupils making the most of their newly revamped outdoor space.