Sue Ash

Sue is a passionate scuba diver and sea swimmer. She wants to inspire as many people as possible to take care of our seas. Her background as a charity manager has made her a fantastic asset for COAST’s fundraising teamwork.

What do you do as a COAST volunteer?
I’ve had the opportunity to do all sorts of things! Practical things like painting the walls in the new centre, outdoor things like helping on rock scrambles and beach cleans, education type things like workshops with the primary and high schools , and office based things like staffing the Front of House at the Octopus Centre to researching funding sources, or working on website content.  

Why do you volunteer with COAST?
Because pollution and other issues mean our seas (and the plants and animals that live there) are in trouble. I believe the way to make sure our seas have a healthy future is to inspire people, and governments, to take care of them.  COAST is a grass roots organisation that does just that. 

Which is your favourite marine animal and why?
So hard to choose one, I have so many favourites! Whales are just amazing! I love all of them, but especially humpbacks! 

What would you say to local people who would like to volunteer with COAST?
Just do it! It’s such a great opportunity to get to know your local seas, and your local community. I have met so many people by volunteering here. 

Anything else you would like to add
Nothing beats hearing a young person say “wow! I had no idea all of those plants and animals live under the water right here! “