A volunteer who has developed a passion for conservation is over the moon with the money raised at a gig to raise awareness of the issue.
Steve Alger, from Ellesmere Port, is a local volunteer for Sea Shepherd UK.
The worldwide conservation charity, founded in 1977, is launching a new campaign to protect pilot whales and other dolphins in the Faroes.
Steve, who recently joined the group, organised the fundraiser at Whitby Sports and Social Club using local talent.
“The aim was to raise awareness of what we do and raise much needed funds to help with the new campaign,” explained Steve.
Hooton-based businessman John Stratton agreed to fund the gig so that all monies raised could be donated to the charity and the club also offered the hall and brought in local acts.
“The event passed without a hitch,” said Steve after disclosing it raised an ‘amazing’ £555.32 for the charity.
“An array of Sea Shepherd UK volunteers came down to help on the night.
“The live acts, up and coming singer Chelsea Ackers and guitarist Luke, singer/guitarist/songwriter Tiffa Jenkins and Declan, Mike, Woody, Steve and Chris of covers band Problem Child all excelled themselves and put on a great show.
“I had some great support from John at Starta Vehicle Solutions, DJs Ste McMillan and Shaun Price, compere Scott Bladen and Chris and Wayne on the door.
“And two great friends Nikki and Mark made some great Sea Shepherd themed cakes.”
He added:“We managed to drum up loads of support for Sea Shepherd UK.
“We had people who came to the night not knowing who Sea Shepherd were leaving after buying T-shirts and other merchandise.
“And we managed to raise money which will go towards helping to save our oceans and its wildlife.”