Kent County Council, Folkestone & Hythe and NHS Kent & Medway have just pledged an incredibly generous £12,700 towards the project. Their pledges will be added to our campaign page soon and will take us to 66% of our total, leaving us to find another £6,554 (as of the 16th October). We still have some outstanding funding bids that we are waiting for a decision on and will be doing a big push in our the coming weeks to get us to the finish line.

As well as our fundraising success we recently secured a fantastic new addition to the project, in the form of Folkestone’s local fishermen. They are going to donate some of their old fishing nets that we will use to show the children the marine plastics recycling process. We met a small group of fishermen down at Folkestone Harbour recently and it was great to hear about the measures that they already have in place to remove any plastics that they find whilst at sea.

They also told us about some the challenges that they face as a community and we are looking forward to learning more about them, the cultural heritage of the fishery and to support their efforts to clean up the sea around Folkestone.