I am a volunteer fundraiser - our team are dedicated to rescue, treat and rehabilitate wildlife. Last year, we looked after 700 birds and 400 animals, including 250 hedgehogs, foxes, deer, bats, sparrowhawk, kestrel, owls, etc. Our ultimate aim is to return animals in our care back into the wild when they are fit and healthy - including locations as far afield as the wetlands in West Sussex.
We have 100 volunteers, a very diverse mix - including work experience volunteers from local colleges, young people taking their Duke of Edinburgh awards, vulnerable volunteers with disabilities and many with mental health conditions. One particular volunteer suffered from mutism his passion for wildlife greatly increased his self esteem - caring for wildlife is excellent therapy for people with medical conditions. Our hospital gains a lot from these volunteers and they in turn greatly help the community.
The funds raised will help our innovative project for an aviary and pond. The project will improve the environment and help endangered wildlife, it will also have a positive impact on our services. Injured wildlife, swans, geese, ducks and gulls can convalesce in peace and the pond will also provide a sanctuary by offering a place for breeding indigenous wildlife and plants. The project will have an immediate and essential impact.