Describe your project
HART wildlife rescue is a community hospital providing a rescue, treatment and rehabilitation service for wildlife from all over Hampshire and the surrounding counties. The Centre provides life saving treatment to our British wildlife, be it orphaned fox cubs, injured owls or starving hedgehogs. Over 700 birds and 400 animals are treated every year. The hospital is very busy and takes over 2,500 calls a year and has over 100 volunteers with 50 volunteers attending each week. We could not exist without their support and deication
How will your project benefit your local community?
We moved our staff out of the hospital some time ago to make space for more injured animals. Our proposed new building is long overdue and will provide a new staffing quarters, which will be used for break times, meetings, training and education. Presently, we use a small caravan which is very limited in space and functionality and is not fit for purpose. We have over a 100 volunteers who will use the new building, including 50 volunteers who attend each week, they provide all the services at the hospital, including care, driving the ambulance, etc. We have work experience volunteers from local colleges, young people taking their Duke of Edinburgh awards, vulnerable volunteers with autism and many with mental health issues - caring for wildlife is excellent therapy for people with medical conditions. We will also use the building for training courses with local schools and colleges, etc. Meetings with other animal providers, like bat rescue, etc. local vets and RSPCA. With the extra space we will branch out and encourage the local community to come and see our work. Because we cover all of Hampshire it will now be possible to meet and promote our work with members of the public who often get in touch with us from a long distance away.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
HART Wildlife rescue has been going for over 20 years covering Hampshire and the surrounding counties. We rely totally on public donations. We have a lot of support from local societies and community organisations (e.g. County/Local councils, Alton rotary, Lions, Freemasons, Round table, local supermarkets, etc.) Members of the public support our thriving Charity shop and give generously to our various events and appeals. Last year the charity shop and members of the public raised over £80,000. We also have over 200 members who receive a copy of our newsletter and we work with local vets, RSPCA, other animal organisations, like BAT rescue, etc. The support we receive comes from all over Hampshire.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
At least 200 people from all over Hampshire (including our 100 volunteers and 4 staff) but we will also hold training courses for local schools and colleges. We will be able to hold meetings with other wildlife organisations like local vets, RSPCA, animal charities, etc and the local community, members of the public, local groups. We will be able to promote our work more widely.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We intend to purchase a custom made building costs £8,000. Installation, heating and electrical costs £2,000. Total £10,000
When and why was your project founded?
Our project was founded by a couple in 1966 because there was no other wildlife rehabilitation centre of our kind in Hampshire. We aim to return all of the animals in our care back into the wild when they are fit and healthy