Hibbs Lupus Trust is proud to protect Cannock Chase AONB

John Hibbs & Emma BeamanA charity has been awarded a ‘Proud to Protect’ certificate, after pledging to respect the precious AONB landscape.

Earlier this year, Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), launched the ‘We Heart Cannock Chase AONB’ pack. This is a guide aimed at organisers that are planning to hold events within the AONB area.

The pack also introduced how groups and companies could achieve their ‘Proud to Protect Cannock Chase AONB’ certification.

This June Cannock Chase AONB was delighted to award the Hibbs Lupus Trust charity its Proud to Protect certificate, following its pledge to help protect the AONB when holding events in the area.

To achieve its certificate, the Trust agreed to five terms, including:

• Seeking advice from the Cannock Chase AONB team when planning an event.
• Promoting key AONB messages in some event literature.
• Respecting the AONB before, during and after an event.
• Leaving the area as it was found.
• Making all staff aware of the AONB and its key messages during events.

The Hibbs Lupus Trust is a registered charity, founded in 2011 by the Hibbs family and is run entirely by volunteers.

The Trust provides support and information to anyone affected by or concerned about lupus. It also raises awareness of the symptoms of lupus to encourage early diagnosis and reduce life threatening complications associated with the condition.

John Hibbs, Fundraiser and Chairman for Hibbs Lupus Trust, said: “We hold sponsored walks in Cannock Chase AONB to raise funds for and awareness of lupus, which is a chronic and presently incurable illness of the immune system. We’re ever so grateful to everyone who participates in and supports these events.

“It’s great to have been awarded this certificate which shows our dedication to take positive steps to look after the protected AONB environment.”

To find out more about the Hibbs Lupus Trust visit http://www.hibbslupustrust.org or call the helpline for free on 0800 633 5118.

For more information about the ‘We Heart Cannock Chase AONB’ campaign and to download the pack, please visit http://www.aonb-blog.co.uk/love

To discuss how to plan an event that does not have a negative impact on the precious landscape, contact Cannock Chase AONB team by calling 01785 619185 or emailing cannockchase@staffordshire.gov.uk

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