Saving species from extinction

Grand Jersey guests help to save agile frogs

12th September 2011

agile frog

Staff at Grand Jersey are hopping with delight as guests have helped the hotel raise an additional £4,000, which has been donated to Durrell for agile frog conservation work. Since launching the ‘£1 on bills’ campaign last year, Grand Jersey guests have raised a total of £6,062 for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Since the end of October 2010 guests staying at the five-star Grand Jersey have had £1 added to their final room bill, which is donated directly to local conservation charity, Durrell. The pledge is optional and it was hoped that the scheme would raise between £7,500-£10,000 for the good cause each year. Already, after just nine months, the scheme has raised £6,062, this amount is sufficient to feed an otter family for one year and the donations are now helping to save the agile frog.

Paul Masterton Chief Executive of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust commented, “I am delighted at the total of £6,062 raised by Grand Jersey and its guests in only nine months. This latest generous installment of £4,000 will help us continue to work with the agile frog programme.

In Jersey the agile frog project continues with spawn clumps being collected, hatched and reared in our bio-secure amphibian facility. This technique called ‘head starting’ gives froglets a much greater chance of survival when they are released in various locations around the island. The success of this programme will not only re-establish this iconic species in the island but also establish the agile frog as a global example of effective amphibian conservation.”

He went on to say “If it weren’t for the generous support of local businesses and their clients, we would not be able to carry out all of the critically important work that we do. I’d like to wish Grand Jersey continued success in their fundraising efforts for the rest of 2011, and the great news is that it looks like they’re on target to raise £7,500.,”

“We are delighted to have raised such a large amount of money for Durrell during the last six months” said Jane Scott, Director of Revenue and Marketing, Grand Jersey. “Added to our first quarter fundraising, our total of £6,062 after nine months is something to be proud of. We are also finding a lot of our guests are taking a great interest in the campaign and many of them visit the Trust while they are staying with us.”

The hotel will be hosting a number of events to support Durrell in addition to the £1 pledges throughout 2011.


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