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The Cornish charity to benefit from Royal wedding

The Cornish charity to benefit from Royal wedding

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:01am 19th May 2018. (Updated at 7:06pm 19th May 2018)

Cornish charity among those chosen for royal wedding

A Cornwall charity is being recognised as the royal wedding gets underway.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to marry in the grounds of Windsor Castle, at St George's Chapel, during the biggest wedding of the year.

The pair tie the knot on Saturday and have chosen a number of charities for people to donate to, rather than asking for gifts.

Among these is Cornwall's own marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

Chief executive Hugo Tagholm said: "Really it is a huge piece of recognition, not just for the fantastic work that my team does here at our head office in Cornwall, but, more importantly, it is a huge piece of recognition for the tens of thousands of volunteers that take action with us every year.

"I can only say that I am delighted that they have chosen us and I believe that our work is resonating with the public and clearly it's reached a very high level of households.

"We're thrilled that it is influencing the hearts and minds of people across the country, including those of the Royal family.

"It's brought so many new people to our work already that it is an exciting time for Surfers Against Sewage."

The couple have chosen seven charities altogether, supporting issues they are both passionate about.

As well as SAS, among other campaigns to benefit from the wedding are Crisis, which supports homeless people, Scotty's Little Soldiers, which helps children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces, and The Wilderness Foundation, which focuses on vulnerable young people from urban communities.

Hugo says the recognition is already making a big difference: "It's really not about the donations really for us, it is about the Royal wedding shining a really strong spotlight, not just onto Surfers Against Sewage, but onto the issue of marine conservation and particularly the huge issue of plastic pollution, which we are at the forefront of at the moment.

"This a global crisis that needs global initiatives and collaboration.

"This has brought a huge amount of attention and we can see that through the traffic to our website, we can see that through the incoming emails that we are getting.

"Already, we have had a huge explosion of interest in what we are doing".

SAS works with around 50,000 volunteers every year, who contribute more than 150,000 hours of their time to remove millions of pieces of plastic from hundreds of beaches.

This year, Plastic Free Communities has seen a number of Cornish towns signing up for 'plastic free' status.

According to the charity, donations raised through the Royal wedding will help to train and equip more regional leaders and volunteers in the hope to build the Plastic Free Communities initiative and reach thousands of students through its Plastic Free Schools programme.

Hugo added: "We’re thrilled that the couple care about protecting beaches and tackling plastic pollution, and have chosen to use their special day to help promote and support our work to safeguard the UK coastline.

"We’d like to say a huge thank you to Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, and we wish them all the best for the future".

If you would like to donate to SAS in honour of the Royal wedding, click here.

Alternatively, you can call 01872 553 001 or send a donation, payable to Surfers Against Sewage, Unit 2, Wheal Kitty Workshops, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0RD.

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