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Marine Conservation Society boosted by support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery



Marine Conservation SocietyThe Marine Conservation Society (MCS) attended the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala this week, where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016 – all thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Marine Conservation Society is one of 69 charities that benefitted from this incredible funding, with £450,000 received in 2016 alone.

The news of the funding total was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 24 January, at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. The Charity Gala celebrated the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The event was attended by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Phillips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Mica Paris and Soul Nation.

The fantastic funding is spent by MCS on tackling beach litter, getting thousands of people out on beaches removing and recording the pollution they find, and to get the public buying only the most sustainable seafood.

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive Officer, says “Funds provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery enable MCS, and charities like us, to be a force for positive change. This is our third year of support, and we’re seeing real results with, for example, fewer plastic bags littering our beaches, and real changes in the way people buy their fish”.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Our Gala is such a special time in People’s Postcode Lottery’s calendar where we come together and celebrate the incredible amount of money raised by our players and the fantastic work carried out by the charities as a result of the support. We continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible support of our players and thank them for their funding.”


Gear Reviews

Gear Review: SurfEars 3.0



Back in 2019 I was at a really low ebb. I had just been told that I could not dive anymore due to recurrent ear infections causing perforations that eventually would lead to permanent damage. I got home from the hospital, slumped on the sofa, and the phone rang. It was Steve Warren from INON UK and I told him my woes. Don’t give up yet, he told me, I think I have just the people to help – SurfEars.

I tried to argue that wearing ear plugs whilst diving was not safe. What about equalization? But he stopped me in my tracks and said that these would work, he had tried them already on several dives. Could this be the answer that would save my diving career and allow me to continue my passion? Well the short answer is yes!

I wrote a review back then which you can read here:

However, I am not sure that I stressed enough at the time that these earplugs saved me. They allowed me to dive, swim and snorkel in the ocean, and I have not had an ear infection since.

Recently the team at SurfEars sent me the latest design – SurfEars 3.0 – to try out. The earplugs come in a really handy pod that I clip to my BCD so that I do not forget them. They come with a range of plug sizes so you can customise them for a perfect fit. The ‘wing’ tucks into your ear, holding the earplug securely, so you feel they will be secure even when rolling or striding off the boat into the water. You can even use them even when putting on a hood in cold water.

The SurfEars allow you to still be able to hear clearly, as they allow air and sound to travel through, and just prevent water ingress, so safety in hearing instructions from the boat or your buddy is not compromised.

I find that wearing them has not only completely stopped any ear infections, but also makes equalization easier too. They are so comfortable that I never really notice that they are in.

If you suffer from ear infections from diving, then do give these a try. They are the first thing on my packing list now!

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Top Diving Destinations #5 – The Coral Sea



The Coral Sea in Australia is one of the most remote scuba diving locations in the world. Only a few liveaboards will take you to this spectacular coral reef – and only during certain times of the year. The basically vertical reef walls come up from 2000 meters of depth in the middle of nowhere. This combination of extreme remoteness and difficulty to get there with very deep water surrounding the coral reefs of the Coral Sea offers perfect conditions for mind blowing underwater adventures.

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A very popular liveaboard, Emperor Superior offers fantastic diving in comfortable surroundings. Her experienced crew make this one of the best for divers in the Red Sea.

WAS £1155pp / NOW from just £895 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada with 25kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox
  • Airport transfers

Booking deadline: Subject to availability. Limited spaces available.

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