Raffle Winners off to Bonnie Scotland as New Education Centre Takes Shape!

Monday 3rd October 2016

Raffle Winners Off to Bonnie Scotland!

A tour of the exciting new building project at Nower Wood was in store for the winners of Surrey Wildlife Trust’s fund-raising raffle - but soon they’ll be off to bonnie Scotland!

a huge thank-you to everyone who bought a ticket for the raffle...


Margaret Gilbert and Tony Stanford from Addlestone were announced as the winners of the raffle this week, which raised thousands of pounds for the Trust’s £1.1m project to rebuild its flagship education centre near Leatherhead.

The couple will be treated to a night of luxury at The Roxburghe Hotel in the Scottish Borders, including fly fishing tuition on the River Tweed. They will spend the second night at Greywalls, next to the world famous Muirfield golf course near Edinburgh - with dinner in their Chez Roux restaurant.

“We are excited and delighted to have won the raffle prize of a weekend break in Scotland and can't wait to experience our visit,” said Margaret, whose partner Tony is a keen fisherman. “We were delighted to be shown around the new development for Nower Wood. It will obviously be a great investment for the Trust’s conservation work in the future and is looking amazing!”

The fantastic luxury weekend break was kindly donated by Surrey-based independent agency Haslemere Travel and JG Collection/ICMI Collection in Scotland.

"My agency was delighted to help raise funds to support the exciting building works for the Nower Wood education centre, which is really beginning to take shape,” said Gemma Antrobus, owner of Haslemere Travel. “It was a pleasure to meet the prize winners and we look forward to ensuring they have a wonderful trip to Scotland."

Building work on the new education centre is now well under way with walls already in place - but £35,000 is still needed to help kit out the building with tables, chairs, whiteboards, loo seats – the list goes on. 

ExxonMobil has just donated £3,100 to provide a special Tramper Scooter and two wheelchairs, which will make the woodland site near Leatherhead more accessible to those with mobility problems, opening up Nower Wood to new audiences.

“We would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who bought a ticket for the raffle,” said Richard Hunt, the Trust’s Director of Communications and Fundraising. “Every penny raised will go towards helping us realise our vision for Nower Wood, which will help thousands of young people in Surrey every year get closer to wildlife and develop a lasting passion for the natural world. We just need that last fund-raising push, so we can finally open our fabulous new centre to students.”

We’re so close to reaching our Nower Wood fund-raising target and any donations large or small are very welcome. To donate please visit: www.surreywildlifetrust.org.uk/donate .

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