NatWest, in partnership with Durrell, is offering the chance for local primary school pupils in Key Stage 2 (seven to eleven year olds), charities and community groups to apply for a NatWest Golden Ticket visit during 2011.

The NatWest Golden Ticket programme has been initiated to give groups which may not usually have the opportunity to visit Durrell wildlife park a chance to get up close to the animals and experience all the park has to offer. The groups will have their own guide and will benefit from special Durrell keeper talks.

Last month a group of pupils from Mont à L’Abbé School were the first to enjoy a visit to the wildlife park under the scheme.

Four more NatWest Golden Tickets will be available as prizes in a competition commencing this month; two for Key Stage 2 pupils from local primary schools who will visit during the spring and two more will be on offer for a charity or community group to visit during the summer months. Each group will contain around 25 attendees. Competition entrants are asked to explain in 50 words or less, why they feel they deserve to win a special visit to Durrell wildlife park.

Kelly Barker, Head of Marketing at Durrell said: ‘We are thrilled to offer this Golden Ticket scheme through NatWest, who have been staunch supporters of Durrell for many years. There are over 250 registered charities in Jersey and it’s great to be supporting like-minded organisations. Our wildlife park is a great day out with something new to see almost every day. The winning groups are assured of a fantastic, unique experience whilst learning about our important conservation work.”

Yveline Sheldon, Community Investment Manager at NatWest commented, “We are very proud of our strong partnership with Durrell. During 2009 we shared a golden milestone in that NatWest has provided banking services to this famous Jersey institution for 50 years – since it first opened its doors. We were pleased to sponsor this year’s Durrell Day which provided an opportunity for all islanders and tourists to visit the wildlife park at a reduced cost. We felt that we would like to extend the offer and our partnership a little further with the “NatWest Golden Ticket Competition”.”

Competition entry forms are from Durrell wildlife park and NatWest branches across the Island and once completed must be returned to Durrell.

Closing date for entries is as follows:
– Key Stage 2 Group entries to be received by 31st January 2011;
– Charity and Community Group entries to be received by – 4th April 2011.

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For more information please contact

Holly Jeffrey
Marketing and Event coordinator
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Tel: 01534 860035
Email: holly.jeffrey@durrell.org

Notes to Editors
NatWest most recently sponsored Durrell’s annual Durrell Day celebrations during which over £30,000 was raised for the Trust with the help of NatWest staff.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity working globally to save species from extinction. Headquartered in Jersey, Channel Islands, Durrell works in some of the most threatened environments on the planet and has over 50 active field projects in 14 countries around the world, focusing on critically endangered species and highly threatened island ecosystems.

Durrell has a unique structure, based around three core pillars of specialisation: a wildlife park in Jersey, field programmes around the world and an International Training Centre. Durrell’s aim is to address conservation challenges where each of the three areas of the Trust can act in synergy.

Durrell’s global conservation programme focuses on two themes: Islands at Risk, and Critical Species.

NatWest
The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited trading as NatWest (NatWest). Registered Office: P.O. Box 64, Royal Bank House, 71 Bath Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE4 8PJ. Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Business address: PO Box 11, 16 Library Place, St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8NH.