Sheffield care home resident raises nearly £1700 for wildlife charities

A resident from Willowbeck, one of the Exemplar Health Care specialist care homes in Sheffield, has raised nearly £1700 in one day for wildlife charities Born Free and Animal Asia.

Willowbeck resident, Caroline, was the driving force behind the fundraiser, and along with the support of the team at the specialist care home, planned a Wildlife Awareness Day on 18 September to raise money for the two wildlife charities. She raised an incredible £1690 through raffle tickets, selling t-shirts, and holding a bric a brac stall, cake sale and tombola.

Linda Galton, Activities Coordinator at Willowbeck, said: “It was incredible to be able to make this day happen for Caroline. She’s so passionate about wildlife and has loved being able to help out in this small way. Everyone at Willowbeck got behind the day – from selling raffle tickets, to donating tombola prizes, colouring in the bunting and manning the cake stall – it really has been a team effort and I’m extremely proud and grateful to everyone for their support.”

The event resulted in several animal adoptions, and led to Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia, sending a personalised letter to say thank you. She said: “By holding this fantastic event for us and Born Free, you are helping so many animals, who need our help, across Asia, Australia and beyond.

“Your amazing fundraising means that there are moon bears at our sanctuaries, feeling the sunshine on their faces and playing in pools and rolling in grass, just like bears should!”

Exemplar Health Care has 32 care homes across England specialising in providing care for those with complex care needs such as neuro-disability, brain injury, spinal injury, stroke, mental ill-health, physical disability, learning disability and/or autism and complex dementia.

For more information on Exemplar Health Care visit www.exemplarhc.com.