Lantern Fund Appeal
Our Lantern Fund appeal aims to provide learning opportunities to young people across the North East, focusing on those who need them most.
Lantern Fund appeal 2021
This year young people are facing many barriers in getting close to nature.
We’re raising £10,000 to help young people across the North East experience and learn about nature.
We’ve already pledged £5,000 towards the target.
We know this year has been tough on everyone. If you’re in a position to donate, 100% of that donation will go directly to young people.
Provides books and learning material for a young person to explore nature at home
Gives one young person to learn about nature at Gosforth Nature Reserve
Means one young person can experience nature on the Farne Islands
Support the Lantern Fund today
Your support today will break down barriers, giving all young people the opportunity to experience the natural world – no matter their background.
How your support is making a difference
Your support is already making a difference for young people across the North East, providing opportunities and experiences to those who need them most.
It’s in our history
Past NHSN members cared deeply about inspiring the next generation. In 1902, they launched a series of Christmas lectures for young people.
Delivered by lantern light in the Hancock Museum, these proved popular, attended by hundreds of school children from across Newcastle. Over a century later, they lend their name to the Lantern Fund, which continues to connect children with nature today.
Young people need nature
Young people today face many barriers connecting with the natural world, yet the benefits of time in nature are clear. On a personal level, it builds confidence, reduces stress and encourages responsibility.
By spending time outdoors and learning about wildlife, young people learn to appreciate and understand the natural world. Nature needs all the help it can get and these lessons may encourage young people to protect it in the future.