|Some of the animals they support!|
The charity was launched 23 years ago in Somerford Keynes by Serena Stevens. It has grown exponentially and is now a significant cluster of buildings, with nine employees and many volunteers in the 60 acre Blakehill Nature Reserve, owned by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and situated just outside Cricklade. Nowadays it needs funding of £170,000 per annum!
The dedicated team of staff manage treatment areas, food preparation unit, care nests and cages, examination areas, units for wildlife with very demanding injuries and healthcare problems, and recovery areas for those treated by local vets.
The last fund raiser at De Vere in March, raised £8,000. Chairman Robin Thompson, the trustees, general manager Charles Pope, staff and volunteers are planning to launch the best yet. Event number two at De Vere will be a buffet dinner party, with music from the Sapphires, UK Elvis Presley tribute, super local singer Andy Hughes, and compere Mark Cummins of BBC Radio Gloucestershire. There will be a raffle, tombola, an Oak and Furrows slide show, membership desk.
The charity is appealing for raffle prizes. Tickets, £40 per person, from Oak & Furrows (call Chrissy or Lucy on 01793 751412) individual or table.
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