Cheque comes across the pond

A Northumberland charity has received a surprise donation from a woman who lives thousands of miles away.

Sally Brown, from Richmond in the US state of Virginia, was driving through the county with her mother when they saw the signs for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley nature reserve and decided to follow them.

Aided by Druridge Bay estates officer Alex Lister and Hauxley warden Jim Martin, Sally’s mother was transported down to one of the reserve’s bird hides to view the fabulous array of birdlife.

When she returned home, Sally decided to send a cheque for £125 to the trust.

She said: “We saw many wonderful birds from the hide and the rangers helped us figure out the ones we were not sure of when we got back to the temporary visitors’ centre.”