Years 1 and 2 students had already worked on a variety of ways to raise funds for Mansfield Wildlife Rescue of Pleasley Vale to support the move to their new premises after owner Cheryl Martins visited the college.
And now they’re redoubling their efforts after Cheryl lost everything in her home in a fire last night (Wednesday 18 May), including some of her own pets.
Cheryl recently spoke to the students about the rescue center she has run from her home in Mansfield Woodhouse for more than 18 years.
After outgrowing the garden and becoming home to a number of rescue animals including foxes, ducks, owls, parrots and squirrels, Cheryl successfully obtained planning permission in the New Year to move into the former nursery on Common Lane, Pleasley Vale.
Her search to find, fund and prepare a new venue set within five acres of woods has taken many years, but Cheryl had planned for the new rescue center to be up and running this summer.
The students had already launched creative fundraising initiatives, including raffles and raffles, bake sales, braiding fellow students’ hair, guess the name of the monkey and the unicorn, and the number of candies in a jar.
They had also taken some energetic steps to raise money for the charity with a sponsored marathon, and the students completed 27 miles together on the college’s Derby Road campus athletic field, each completing as many laps as needed to collect the miles .
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Reanna Davies, 17, a Level 2 student, has spent the last three weeks walking her own steps with a staged sponsored walk that will see her cover more than 100 miles in May.
Reanna said: “We met Cheryl when she started college and we love her charity. It’s amazing how she started her rescue mission from her backyard.
“We are so sad to hear what has happened to their home and animals, but we will do everything we can to support them.
“I will continue my sponsored walk. Even my dog liked it, even though she has small legs.
“I walk in the woods around the area between college and work, then I take longer walks on the weekends.
“I get donations from friends and family and want to raise whatever I can for Cheryl.”
Mansfield Wildlife Rescue’s future plans also include the addition of a cafe, a small soft play area for children, a vegetable garden and a wheelchair accessible woodland walk behind the center.
Almost £10,000 has already been raised after Paul Haywood, who runs Haywood’s, The Home Of Alrate Cheesecakes, in the High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, launched a fundraiser.