An exclusive screening of the documentary Flight of the Swans is to be hosted at Uckfield Picture House tomorrow by Rix & Kay solicitors.
The regional law firm, which has its head office in Uckfield, is a lead sponsor of ‘human swan’ Sacha Dench who, on behalf of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, accompanied Bewick swans along their migratory route from Arctic Russia to the UK.
Sacha flew the entire trip in a paramoter – a small propeller engine strapped to her back with a simple fabric wing.
She covered 6,500km across 11 countries facing enormous challenges to her own safety in the expedition, which was organised as part of a bid to save Europe’s smallest swan from extinction.
Sacha has also been supported in her efforts by patrons such as Sir David Attenborough, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and Dame Judi Dench.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes called Flight of the Swans “especially worthwhile and innovative” and Sir David Attenborough described it as “marvellously imaginative and adventurous”.
The screening at The Picture House will be attended by 100 specially-invited guests, including local business leaders, clients, and members of the community with an interest in conservation and a commitment to the local environment.
Sacha will be attending the screening herself and holding a Q&A session giving guests the opportunity to get an insight into the expedition, its outcomes, and the challenges faced along the way.
She will also raise awareness of her forthcoming expedition Flight of the Osprey, which is also being sponsored by Rix & Kay, and is described as even more ambitious than Flight of the Swans.
A silent auction during the evening will boost fund-raising efforts.
The Flight of the Osprey expedition was launched in August 2019 and in autumn 2020 Sacha will fly from Scotland to Ghana, crossing 15 countries to investigate the threat to the osprey during its annual migration.
Rix & Kay chairman Bruce Hayter said the firm was proud to support such important conservation efforts and it was a privilege to share the inspirational documentary with guests.
He added: “We are long-standing supporters and sponsors of Sacha’s important global conservation and research projects, providing legal services to the team as they travel the world.
“We make sure that the adventurers are legally protected so that they can carry out their important work.”
Mr Hayter added that Rix & Kay had a history of supporting ambitious conservation projects. The firm was also involved in the Catlin Artic Survey Expedition led by Pen Hadow and Ann Daniels. It continues to work closely with Ann and her team on their latest polar projects.
Sacha said: “I’m delighted to be able to present the Flight of the Swans documentary to Rix & Kay’s distinguished guests, and to be able to introduce them to our newly formed charity ‘Conservation Without Borders’ and our next major expedition – the Flight of the Osprey.
“Rix & Kay’s support has been, and continues to be key to the success of these expeditions.”
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