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Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehab centre (registered charity) is a hospital for sick, injured and orphaned British Wildlife based in Beckford. Founded by Caroline Gould in 1984, they deal with between 4000 & 5000 casualties every year, with their aim being to release the mammal/bird back into its natural environment as soon as it is fit.

They are the very people who helped George the Pittville Park swan when he was shot by a crossbow earlier this year. They have fully equipped veterinary facilities and are available 24/7 operation-all year round. The running costs are over £30,000 every month which they have to raise themselves and without the regular support of the public and their donations, however small, they would not still be here today.

They also have two charity shops; one in Evesham and one in Cheltenham. The Cheltenham shop based at 48-50 High Street, Cheltenham near the Strand needs goods to sell to raise the much-needed funds. You are welcome to drop items in whenever the shop is open. Clothes, toys, books, jewellery, cd’s, DVD’s, ornaments; anything that is in good condition can help raise a few extra pounds. The charity also takes in donations of food for the animals, newspapers & used stamps which they send onto the Wildlife Centre in Beckford. At this time of year especially, they are in urgent need of dog or cat food for all the hedgehogs and small mammals that come in to the hospital. If you can spare a tin or two of dog or cat food (any brand but preferably meaty variety) it would be much appreciated.

You can drop your donations into the Cheltenham shop or take them directly to the hospital in Beckford. If you would like to donate but cannot get to the charity shop or hospital, you can also buy direct from the charities Amazon wish list and these items get delivered directly to the hospital for you. The wish list is on Amazon UK under Vale Wildlife Hospital. For more information on the work that Caroline and her team do and what you could do to help your local wildlife, visit www.valewildlife.org.uk or www.facebook.com/groups/valewildlife