Wildlife-loving Thea Caine, aged 7, from County Durham has been regularly raising money for Born Free for years, and has raised over £2,700 to date!
This year she held her own Big Dog Doze and Big Cat Nap events with friends, and completed the Mini Great North Run, raising an impressive £500 for wolves and hyenas.
‘Wild and Free’ was the name of this year’s annual charity ball organised by long-term Born Free supporters, Val Hackett and Mike Carey. This year, the glittering event raised over £17,000 for our big cat rescue work. Virginia McKenna said: “It is hard to express our gratitude for the incredible loyalty of Val and Mike, who have supported Born Free for over 17 years.”
Donna McKenzie became our first Community Group Leader this year, for Scotland. Donna has been regularly fundraising for Born Free, raising thousands by running stalls at events. This year she’s been helping others to fundraise. She says: “I know that every penny raised makes a difference to the animals.”
Claire Rennie, from the Isle of Wight took part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth this October, raising £620.60 for Born Free. Claire said: “I was running in memory of Elsa and for all the beautiful animals, their habitats and communities on our planet. Sincere thanks to everyone who supported me and made this run worthwhile.”
10-year-old Archie Cass from Lancaster loved his beautiful long blonde hair. He would avoid having it trimmed at all costs, preferring to leave it long like Thor from the Marvel films!
But this year, inspired by meeting Virginia McKenna, Archie bravely had his hair chopped off and raised £479 for Born Free.
This animal-loving pair, who are both aged 10 and live in Yorkshire, raised over £350 to support Born Free’s work with orca. They said “We hate that orcas are kept in tiny tanks it is not fair. All animals should be free!”
A big thank you to Born Free supporter Elaine Foster, who sold toys and calendars to colleagues at Kuoni’s head office in Dorking. They support Born Free every year at their Christmas Fair, and this year raised £120!
Born Free was honoured to have been chosen by The Belfry Shopping Centre in Redhill to benefit from proceeds from its Christmas Grotto throughout December.
Thank you to everyone involved who helped raise £500!
Denise Martin from London completed the New York marathon on 4th November! Denise raised £1,282.70 in total – with 75% coming to Born Free and 25% to Friends of the Cancer Centre. She described the experience as “tough and horrible but amazing at the same time!”
Amazing Alexa Turpin raised £370 by running her first marathon – The Amsterdam Marathon! Alexa, who lives in Hertfordshire only started running this year and so completing the Amsterdam event, alongside her mum, was a huge achievement!
More than 160 guests joined Fiona Tomlinson, Lisa Courtney-Cook and daughters Francesca Tomlinson and Darcy Courtney-Cook for a charity ball in October. Guests enjoyed pre-reception drinks and a three course meal, followed by live music, a raffle and an auction – £9k was raised!