Southern Vectis, part of the Go-Ahead Group, has chosen The Wildheart Trust as its corporate charity partner for 2022.
The wildlife charity provides homes for rescued animals, and campaigns to secure the future of threatened species while preserving threatened natural habitats. It runs the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in Sandown.
Isle of Wight-based bus operator Southern Vectis will spend the year raising funds and awareness to help the Trust. It will begin by covering the rear of one of its buses with the charity’s branding, and offer branding on board its buses with a donation QR code.
“With welfare top of the agenda at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, this is an important initiative – and we’re proud to have it within our community here on the Isle of Wight,” says Southern Vectis General Manager Richard Tyldsley. “Local people and those from further afield can visit the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, which is also committed to providing high quality learning opportunities for pupils and students – with the charity’s team using its knowledge of the natural world to inspire all those who visit the sanctuary.
“With such a wonderful resource right on our doorstep, I’m delighted that we will be raising as much money as possible over the coming year, to help The Wildheart Trust continue its excellent work.
“The decision to make The Wildheart Trust our corporate charity was made by my colleagues, who voted for the charity.”
Chief Operating Officer of the Wildheart Trust Lawrence Bates adds: “We are incredibly grateful to Southern Vectis and its employees for making us its charity of the year. It means the world to the team here and all the animals in our care and we cannot wait to get started working together because there is so much we want to achieve in 2022.
“The support of Southern Vectis and its passengers will be vital in our ongoing mission to provide refuge for vulnerable, rescued animals, and giving them the chance to flourish in our sanctuary.”