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Animal Care Students Pull Together For Wildlife Charity’s Cheryl

19th May 2022

Animal care students at West Nottinghamshire College have been putting their hearts and minds together to support a tragedy at a local wildlife charity.     

Level 1 and Level 2 students had recently been working on a variety of ways to raise funds for Pleasley Vale-based Mansfield Wildlife Rescue, to support the move to its new premises, following a visit to the college by owner Cheryl Martins.     

And now they’re doubling up on their efforts following Wednesday night’s tragic news that Cheryl lost everything in her home in a fire, including some of her own pets.   

Cheryl had recently spoken to the students about the rescue centre which she has run from her Mansfield Woodhouse home for over 18 years.

Having outgrown the garden housing a range of rescue animal such as foxes, ducks, owls, parrots and squirrels, Cheryl was successful in obtaining planning permission in the New Year to move into former plant nursery on Common Lane, Pleasley Vale.   

 Her search to find, fund and prepare a new venue, set within five acres of woodland has taken many years, but Cheryl had planned for the new rescue centre to be up and running this summer.     

Sadly on the night of 18 May, while Cheryl was out at the charity’s board meeting, a fire swept through her Mansfield Woodhouse home, where she houses rescue animals and her own pets.

Cheryl has lost some of her beloved animals as well as most of her possessions.     

Students had already been putting creative fundraising initiatives into motion included raffles and tombolas, cake sales, hair-braiding on fellow students, guess the name of the monkey and unicorn and number of sweets in a jar. Now they will be doubling up their efforts to raise the much-needed cash.     

They’d also taken on some energetic ways of raising cash for the charity with a sponsored marathon.

Last week, students completed 27 miles jointly on the sports field at the college’s Derby Road campus, with them completing so many laps each to rack up the miles.     

Seventeen-year-old Level 2 student Reanna Davies has spent the last three weeks going through her own paces with a staggered sponsored walk, which will see her cover over 100 miles throughout May.     

Reanna said: “We met Cheryl when she came into college and we love her charity. It’s amazing how she started out her rescue mission from her garden. We’re so very sad to hear what happened to her home and her animals, but we’ll do all we can to support her.   

 “I will carry on with my sponsored walk. Even my dog has enjoyed it although she only has little legs.     

“I walk around the local woodland between college and work times, then at weekends I do bigger walks. I’m getting donations from friends and family and I’d like to gather in what I can for Cheryl.

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