National Lobster Hatchery staff honoured with invitation to Buckingham Palace

General Manager, Dominic Boothroyd and Business Development Officer, Clare Stanley proudly represented the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) at a recent reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 60 years of grant-making by the Garfield Weston Foundation. The Weston family has generously donated more than £1 billion to causes large and small across the UK, the NLH among them.

Hosted by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, this special event brought together 300 representatives from 150 charities whose projects the Foundation has supported over six decades and who were specifically selected to attend.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has funded three Forever Lobster projects, which has enabled the NLH to deliver and advance essential elements of its marine conservation, education and research outputs.

“Ultimately, Forever Lobster is about improving the outcomes of the Charity’s work and developing a better informed approach to marine stock enhancement that will not only benefit vulnerable lobster populations but the coastal communities they sustain,” explains Dominic Boothroyd. “The Garfield Weston Foundation has played a significant role in helping us to overcome challenges, undertake ground-breaking research and release increasing numbers of juvenile lobsters into the wild, and we are immensely grateful for their dedicated and ongoing generosity.”

“It was a huge honour for the NLH to be selected to attend this event from the 4000 charities that the Garfield Weston Foundation supports and a great privilege to forge new connections in the stunning environment of the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales,” adds Clare Stanley. “The NLH receives no recurrent government funding and we therefore rely entirely on awards, sponsorship, collaborations and donations to finance core activities and limit risk. Core funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation allows us to focus on rearing and releasing lobsters, raising awareness about the importance of marine conservation and helping to establish a more sustainable fishery for future generations, and we cannot thank the Garfield Weston Foundation enough for this essential support.”

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