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It may be unlucky to miss pins when you are playing a skittles match, but for Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, it proved to be very lucky indeed!

As a bit of fun, Baldie’s Army, a skittles team based at the Bird in Hand pub in Bridgwater, fine their players when they miss pins or make mistakes. This money was collected over the year and as a result, £300 was donated to Secret World.

Head of External Relations Samantha Hannay said: “What a creative way of raising money! Thank you to all the players who dutifully paid their fines. We are heading into our busy orphan season and this money will help us to make sure they get the best possible care, giving them the chance to get back to the wild.”

Secret World are looking for more people to hold fundraising events and raise money for wildlife. In return Secret World can supply literature and merchandise, and will arrange for a representative to attend a cheque presentation and give a talk. For more details email

Secret World provides a 365-days a year service to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. In 2017 the charity treated over 5,000 animals, all suffering from various injuries.

Members of the public who would like advice on how to look after wild animals or would like to report injured wildlife should call 01278 783 250.

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