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With so many increases in prices, it is hard to think of helping charities by giving donations no matter what their aims and objectives are. However maybe you have some time to spare and that is invaluable to all charities? If you are able to volunteer a few hours whether it is once a week or once a month it means such a lot. I know we wouldn’t be able to help all the wildlife casualties if we didn’t have reliable volunteers and with the changes that are happening at Secret World, I think we will be needing more!

I’m very pleased to say that Secret World has become a Veterinary practice with our own vet, Felicity Whitehouse. We will still be working with Quantock Veterinary Hospital for emergencies and night cover, but it is exciting to know that we are able to give more immediate care and our opening hours will increase. We have to thank our staff and volunteers who are changing to new rotas, but we all want the best care that we can offer for wildlife.


With our volunteers, not all of them want to help with the animals or drive the ambulance to collect casualties, but they know that there are other options. From maintenance, laundry, gardening, administration, fundraising or working in our charity shops or with schools, you would all be part of the team which makes the rescue, rehab and release of wildlife happen.

We need a network of helpers to put up release pens and to travel animals to their new homes, with the opportunity of seeing these animals making their final journey back to the wild. These are people that are needed on occasional times so it’s not even a regular commitment.

So maybe you are thinking of what you would like to do new in 2024, think of all the charities around us that need help. If you want to know more about helping Secret World, you can have the opportunity to phone in and chat to Gemma, our volunteer co-ordinator on 01278 768704, or you can ring and have details sent to you to 01278 783250.

Make it the year to volunteer!

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