1st August 2019. The volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution station at Hengistbury Head have received £1000 from Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme.Voting ran in Tesco stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using tokens given to them at the checkout. So far Bags of Help has awarded over £79 million to more than 26,000 local community projects.

A spokesperson for NCI Hengistbury Head said “We are delighted to announce that we have bagged £1000 from the Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme which is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for Hengistbury head NCI - we really do appreciate your support in enabling us to fund for more binoculars, allowing us to improve our ability to keep a watch on anyone on the water or the shoreline, whether for commercial or leisure purposes “.

The photo shows Donna and Sally from Tescos who braved the weather to come to the lookout to present the cheque.

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Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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