The project received a significant boost on Friday evening with the presentation of a cheque for £5000 from the Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust. The cheque was presented by Tricia Lawrence who set-up the Trust in memory of her late husband, Martin, who sadly died from Motor Neurone Disease last year. The Trust aims to support projects in Africa and the UK close to Martin’s heart.
Before his illness Martin was a daily visitor to the hides at Lyndon and, in addition to presenting the cheque, Tricia also unveiled a permanent memorial to Martin in the newly-refurbished Waderscrape hide. She said, ?My family are so pleased to have this Memorial to Martin in a place he loved to visit each morning whilst walking our dog Molly, and more recently Ben. My fellow trustees were unanimous in deciding to support the Rutland Osprey Project so children both here in the UK and Africa can follow the Ospreys journey and increase their knowledge of birds and the natural world.”
We are incredibly grateful to Tricia and everyone at the Martin Lawrence Memorial Trust for their generous donation. We have already used part of the money to install new cameras on the Manton Bay nest – and we know that thousands of people are already enjoying them via the website. We plan to use the remainder of the money to produce a children’s book about Ospreys – so watch this space!
Martin became a very good friend of the project and we are delighted that we have a permanent memorial to him in the hide. We hope that the new hide will allow thousands of people to enjoy seeing the Ospreys, just as Martin did.