Wednesday 16 August 2023

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has started a project to investigate the reasons behind poor water quality at Bridlington South beach, which earlier this year was classified as poor with bathing not advised. The project – funded jointly by the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and East Riding Council – involves taking regular samples of seawater.

Claire Campbell, the Environment Agency’s technical bathing waters expert, told us: “This project will help us identify the bacterial inputs and better understand the sources of pollution, so that collectively we can work together to improve water quality.”

SIGHT SUPPORT Hull and East Yorkshire has launched an urgent appeal for soft toys to run their Teddy Tombola stalls at local events. “Teddies and other soft toys are always our most popular prizes,” says Fundraising Manager, Angela Gregory. “Sight Support receives no Government funding, so donations of soft toys are vital to help us raise the £2,100 we need every day to maintain our support services to local people who are blind or partially sighted. 

The charity is hoping people will organise collections of toys amongst their friends or family, or at places of work.  Pre-loved toys can be donated to Sight Support’s centre on Beverley Road in Hull, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

AGE UK’s Hull and East Riding branch has received grant support from the Two Ridings Foundation for its “Community Companions”programme, which supports lonely and socially-isolated older people to get out and about, by matching them with trained volunteers.