Uckfield Lions are helping an author to get her books into local schools to raise awareness among children of the impact of plastics on ocean ecosystems.
Writer Ellie Jackson, who grew up in Uckfield and attended St Philip’s Primary School, and Uckfield Community College, realised her love of the ocean during family beach holidays to Wales.
She has published two books aimed at primary and pre-school children in a bid to inspire them to help clean up the oceans.
Her stories Duffy’s Lucky Escape and Marli’s Tangled Tale are beautifully illustrated and follow the true stories of well-loved animals as they encounter ocean plastic, and how, with the help of people, the animals are rescued, rehabilitated and released back to their home.
Ellie’s ambition is to have her books in every UK school by the end of 2018 and she has approached East Sussex organisations and businesses to sponsor copies of the books to go into all the county’s primary schools.
Keith Mates president of the Uckfield Lions Club said: “This is an issue that concerns me, as a grandparent and member of the Uckfield community.
“Ellie’s books provide us with an opportunity to help raise awareness of these important issues in a way that’s clear and easy to understand.
“Our environment should be important to us all and I think teaching our children is the best way to help preserve their future and that of our planet.”
Each school receives copies of both books together with access to online resources and ideas. Ellie has been overwhelmed by community support and says that the Lion’s Club offer to sponsor 16 schools in the Uckfield area, with the support of a private donor, has been “wonderful”.
She added: “By educating young people, we’re safeguarding the future, and raising a more enlightened generation.”
More than 15,000 children will be working together to make a change in the Uckfield community and this is also being replicated in Lewes, Heathfield and Seaford.
Ellie and the Lions say we can help support the children’s efforts by making small changes in our own lives which will collectively make a big difference to our environment.
Refuse single use plastic such as straws, takeaway containers, disposable coffee mugs, plastic bags etc and know that every single time that you choose reusable over disposable you are helping to preserve wildlife.
Signed copy of the books are available at Sussex Stationers in Uckfield or Oast Farm Shop in Buxted. To find out more visit www.wildtribeheroes.com or look for @wildtribeheroes on social media.