Two new Northumberland supporters for wildlife charity

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is delighted to welcome two new corporate supporters - both of whom are based in Northumberland.
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New gold corporate member Aaron Optometrists. Image by: Aaron Optometrists.

The First & Last Brewery in Elsdon are new silver category corporate members.

Earlier this year, brewery owners Sam and Red Kellie created a beer called ‘Ratty’ on behalf of Northumberland Wildlife Trust to mark the reintroduction of water voles to the Kielder area.

Sam and Red trialled 500 pints at the Bellingham Show last August and sold out in record time. 

Run by Sam and Red Kellie, their beers are brewed behind Elsdon’s Bird in Bush pub.

Last year, First & Last created a pale ale labelled ‘Ratty’ to mark the reintroduction of water voles into the Kielder area and are generously donating 20p from every bottle sold to the project.

The couple are no strangers to wildlife; Sam holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and an MSc in Ecological Restoration from Leicester University and worked for Northumberland Wildlife Trust as a People and Wildlife Officer, whilst Red graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc in Environmental Protection and was a Trust volunteer.

Speaking about their membership, Sam says: “We’re really excited to be supporting Northumberland Wildlife Trust and the Restoring Ratty Project. The Northumberland landscape and wider natural environment means a lot to both of us and we want to do what we can to protect, conserve and improve it.

“It’s a great opportunity to support Northumberland Wildlife Trust and the Northumberland landscape where we live and work. We jumped on the opportunity to brew a beer which educates, informs and raises funds for the Restoring Ratty Project.”

The Trust is also really excited to welcome Aaron Optometrists as new gold category corporate members - an independent practice based in Ashington and the only ‘medical’ optometrists in Northumberland, focussing on patient care and ethical business. 

A regular visitor to the wildlife charity’s Hauxley nature reserve, practice owner, Dr Peter Frampton, previously studied Environmental Sciences and firmly believes that ‘profit without conscience today, comes with a cost tomorrow’ and therefore strives to reduce waste, use renewable resources and recycle.

Situated on Woodhorn Road in Ashington the practice provides a recycling service for spectacles and contact lenses. Micro-plastics are an enormous issue and the project, funded by Aarons, is open to all contact lens wearers.  

Supporters of several national and international environmental organisations, local initiatives are also paramount to Aarons and they are proud to support the Trust as it rebuilds and preserve habitat and wildlife in the local area.

By becoming corporate member, the company will be greatly supporting the work the Trust carries on its much-loved wildlife reserves, to ensure they continue to be enjoyed by both wildlife and visitors alike.

Speaking about the latest corporate supporters, Liz Lovatt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Marketing Officer said: “What better way to start the summer season than with the news that we have two new organisations joining our family of corporate supporters.

“Their support is invaluable in helping us conserve what is a truly wonderful part of the country.”