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National Trust White Cliffs appeal in bid to break £1 million
The National Trust has announced a host of UK celebrities lending their support for the charity's largest ever coastal appeal, to buy a 1.35km stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover.
Dame Judi Dench, Joss Stone, Ben Ainslie and Rick Stein have joined thousands of people that have already supported the Trusts bid to raise £1.2 million to buy 1.35km of this much loved Kent coast.
Soul singer Joss Stone, who was born in Dover, said: "I love Dover and the White Cliffs. They mean so much to me and I hope that the National Trust (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
The appeal was launched in late June to acquire this 'missing link' between the lands the Trust already cares for and enable it to be managed for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, said: "In just one month, thousands of people have backed our appeal and we’ve raised almost half of the money needed.
"This tremendous support shows the love we as a nation have for our special places - thank you to everyone who has contributed.
Other high-profile figures that have given their support to the Trust's campaign include actor Richard E. Grant, actor and TV presenter Tony Robinson, Comedian, presenter and Kent resident Paul O'Grady, Kent born and world famous fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, iconic singer from the 1940s Dame Vera Lynn, round the world yachtswomen Dame Ellen MacArthur and BBC Coast presenters Neil Oliver and Miranda Krestovnikoff.
Standing proud at over 110 metres (taller than Big Ben or the same height as twenty-five London buses stacked on top of each other), the White Cliffs of Dover have witnessed many dramatic moments in England's history.
These include the arrival of the Romans and the welcome return of British armed forces after the evacuation of Dunkirk during the second-world war.
The cliffs are also home to a rich array of rich wildlife including the Adonis blue butterfly, rare coastal plants such as oxtongue broomrape and sea carrot, and birds including skylark, the only colony of Kittiwakes in Kent and peregrine falcons.
Hundreds of thousands of people come to visit the dramatic chalk cliffs every year with their wonderful views across the English Channel.
Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland the National Trust looks after more than 720 miles of coastline (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
There are three easy ways that money can be donated to the appeal:
- Online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
- Text a donation to support the appeal. For example, if someone wanted to donate £5 they'd need to text 'DOVR02 £5' to '70070'. The amount that you wish to donate must be included in the text.
- Over the phone by calling 0844 800 1895.
The Twitter hashtag #whitecliffs will be used on twitter to keep people updated about the progress of the appeal.
About National Trust:
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 720 miles of coastline conservation (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
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