Charity gives brothers the seal of approval

Gilbert and Edmund Turner, who raised money for the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban with beach pebbles painted like seals.
Gilbert and Edmund Turner, who raised money for the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban with beach pebbles painted like seals.

Two brothers from Alnwick received a fantastic reward after their ingenious fundraising idea sealed a charity’s approval.

During a visit to a local beach, Gilbert, 11, and Edmund Turner, eight, thought the pebbles they found happened to look like seals.

The beach pebbles painted like seals by Gilbert, 11, and Edmund Turner, eight, to raise money for the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban.

The beach pebbles painted like seals by Gilbert, 11, and Edmund Turner, eight, to raise money for the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban.

So they collected a few and, on returning home, drew faces and flippers onto them, making them look like seals.

Friends and family had commented on their cuteness and suggested they should sell them.

The boys contacted the manager of Alnwick Markets and were given a small table in the corner of the Christmas market.

They decided to donate the money to seal conservation.

The stall was a success and the boys raised £55.

They wrote to the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban and received a reply in January, with a pass to visit the seals themselves.

Spurred on by the kind gesture, the boys held a second stall at the Easter market, where they raised a further £65.

They visited the sanctuary on April 20 and handed over the money to staff, along with a bag of the seal pebbles.

On arrival, the boys were taken straight to the seal enclosure where they took part in feeding time in front of a large crowd.

After the show, the lads were thanked by staff and presented with certificates recognising their efforts.

Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary duty manager Vicky Campbell said to the boys: “Thank you both for the fine work you did on behalf of conservation, it’s a wonderful thing.”

The boys now plan to have another market stall on Saturday, May 27, and will happily pass on any other donations to the charity.