From cakes to conservation – determined student raises cash for wildlife projects

2 July 2018

A Norfolk wildlife enthusiast is aiming to raise £1000.00 so that she can help several conservation projects during her summer holidays.

Jemma Cowen lives near Hethersett and currently studies at Easton and Otley College on an animal management course.

Thanks to a link up with an organisation called Frontier, the 21 year old will be travelling to Ireland, Scotland and Spain to work with species including dolphins, puffins and whales.

To raise the cash for this trip of a lifetime, Jemma has been drawing inspiration from The Great British Bake Off, by creating cakes to sell to fellow students at the Norfolk campus of Easton and Otley.

So far she has raised over £200.00 and will be continuing to hone her cooking skills until she gets the money she needs so that she can fulfil her charitable wildlife ambitions.

She said, “I’m going to use my summer holidays to try and make a difference. I’ll be working with some species on the vulnerable list and the research I’ll be involved in will provide valuable data that will be used as part of several key conservation projects.

“My friends have been fantastic by buying and making cakes. And my tutors have also offered me lots of support and encouragement. I hope this experience will eventually enable me to get my dream job.”

Jemma hopes that these experiences will help boost her CV and make her university applications stand out. She also hopes to work on similar projects in Canada, Thailand and Madagascar in the future.

College lecturer, Damion Vincent, said, “I was involved in similar experiences when I decided to change career – going from sport to animal management. It really helps set you apart, you are helping conservation, gaining new skills and making a difference. I’m proud of Jemma.”

If you would like to support Jemma you can email her: jemmalouisecowen@gmail.com or visit her GoFundMe page - www.gofundme.com/summer-of-conservation-project or you can check out her facebook page: www.facebook.com/SummerofConservation/

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