The Freshwater Friends Appeal opened on 5th June on the banks of the Usk in Abergavenny. Pupils from Llanfoist Fawr Primary School Pupils from Llanfoist Fawr Primary School at the Freshwater Friends Appeal openingdiscovering what lives in the river there and why clean water in rivers is so important.

The day enabled 30 children to connect with and be enthused by the river and its wildlife. This is essential for the future wellbeing of the Usk, other rivers across the UK and the wider environment.

Six weeks later, the appeal has raised just over £6,000 against its target of £15,000. This means 1,200 more schoolchildren in the Wye and Usk area can have the same experience those from Llanfoist Fawr Primary.

Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed so generously to this appeal. We have been greatly encouraged by the number of people the aim of this appeal has resonated with and with the comments posted on the appeal’s webpage.

Philip Parkinson, who donated to the appeal said: “It was the encouragement at primary school to connect with aspects of the countryside which changed and enriched my life, so I totally support your initiative.”

Other supporters included Matthew Wright from Talkradio and Nigel Botherway from Talksport, who said “I hope that future generations will be able to enjoy the wonders of the Wye as much as I and my grandchildren have.”

To anyone else with an interest in the future of the Wye and Usk and the environment as a whole, please help us reach our target of £15,000. Not only will you will be contributing to protecting the future of these wonderful rivers but also enriching the lives of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore and experience the aquatic environments that exist very close to them.

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