Every Christmas we give our kids a charity gift in their names. They love the magazines, learn something useful and our money is put to good work. This year we chose WWF and the Bat Conservation Trust.
So if, like us, you fancy doing something a bit special for some of Britain’s most at-risk mammals this Christmas, how about going a bit batty? After all, aside from Santa’s Reindeer, bats are the only flying mammals in the world!
Buy an individual membership for yourself or a friend between 1-25th December and not only do you get to help secure the future for bats but you also get a special free gift of a fabulous cotton bag emblazoned with the Bat Conservation Trust’s logo. And that’s in addition to the usual membership pack, with postcards, a car sticker, fabulous bat pin-badge and information about projects and thrice annual Bat News magazine. You will also get discounts to courses and conferences. Standard individual membership is £2.50 a month or £30 per annum, paid annually or as a one off and discounts are available. Their fab batty bag also comes with family memberships bought at this time.
For the Little-uns there is the Young Batworkers’ Club membership to the Bat Conservation Trust for just £12 a year for each child. Not only will they get endless enjoyment learning all about bats, but those vital funds will help conserve bats so their children in turn can be Young Bat Workers’ Club members. Membership includes a subscription to the Young Batworker magazine, a special badge, a bat calendar and lots of batty things like stickers and postcards and fact sheets. It’ll be like all their Christmases have come at once!
If you’re already a member, or simply know someone who fancies their own pipistrelle bat buddy, why not Adopt-a-bat. You will get your own fluffy bat toy, certificate of adoption (which you can download and print yourself if it’s all a bit last minute!) and welcome letter. You’ll also get an ‘I love bats’ magnet and a colourful newsletter and poster sent out twice a year to keep you updated! Best of all you get to know you are helping secure the future for these winged wonders of the night! To adopt-a-bat head to www.bats.org.uk/adopt
You can sign up online for individual, family or Batworkers’ club membership at www.bats.org.uk/pages/join.html
You can also join, buy memberships for others or adopt a bat over the phone and you can organise to have it sent directly to them and put in gift messages etc. The all important number is 0845 1300 228!
And don’t forget the Bat Conservation Trust have free Christmas e-cards on their website www.bats.org.uk
Hope you all have a very batty Christmas!