Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary shows off its new facilities
A WILDLIFE sanctuary in Kirkby threw open its doors to the public earlier this month as part of an event to showcase its brand new facilities.
Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary has recently been given a boost with new pens and avaries for the animals.
It came as a result of a link up between Sainsbury’s and building firm Bowmer and Kirkland, who completed the new Mansfield store earlier this year.
Wendy Radford, who runs the sanctuary, said: “They donated items like wood and some of them gave their time to rebuild the pens and avaries.”
All those who had helped out with the new equipment were invited to the sanctuary to see the finished work on 4th October.
Meanwhile, members of the public were also invited to a fundraising open day on 7th October.
Visitors were able to enjoy raffles and tombolas along with jewellery and handbag stalls - and the event raised £1,012 which will be used to care for sick or injured animals.
Wendy says: “What amazed me was that people gave such wonderful items to sell and to raffle. People have been so generous.
“I’d like to thank everybody who donated and also everybody who came along and made the day - the little ones had never seen a hedgehog before.”
The sanctuary cares for a host of wildlife including foxes, owls, cygnets, rabbits and hedgehogs. At this time of year, hedgehogs are preparing to hibernate - and Wendy has urged anyone who finds a hedgehog weighing less than 500g to get in touch with the sanctuary.
Wendy Radford set up Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary more than 20 years ago when she began caring for a handful of ducklings in a washing up bowl.
Now the registered charity, which Wendy runs with partnerPhil Else, cares for more than 1,000 animals a year.
For details on the charity, visit http://cedarwildlifesanctuary.co.uk/home.
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