Mansfield College animal care students rally to save wildlife after fire

The Tier 1 and 2 students had previously worked on various ways to raise funds for Pleasley Vale-based Mansfield Wildlife Rescue to support the move to its new premises, following a visit to the college by owner Cheryl Martins.

And now they’re stepping up their efforts after last night (Wednesday May 18) when Cheryl lost everything in her home to a fire, including some of her own pets.

Cheryl had recently spoken to students at the rescue center which she has run from her home in Mansfield Woodhouse for more than 18 years.

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Animal care students will continue to fundraise to support the rescue center and Cheryl personally

Having outgrown the garden, home to a range of rescue animals such as foxes, ducks, owls, parrots and squirrels, Cheryl managed to secure New Year’s planning permission to move into the old nursery on Common Lane, Pleasley Vale.

Her search to find, fund and prepare a new location, set in five acres of woodland, took many years, but Cheryl had planned to have the new rescue center up and running this summer.

The students had previously launched creative fundraising initiatives including raffles and raffles, cake sales, hair braiding on other students, guess the name of the monkey and unicorn and the number of candies in a jar.

They had also adopted energetic means of raising money for the charity with a sponsored marathon and the students ran 27 miles together on the sports field at the college’s Derby Road campus, each doing as many laps each to accumulate the miles.

Cheryl sadly lost pets and most of her possessions in the fire at her Mansfield Woodhouse home

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Level 2 student Reanna Davies, 17, has spent the past three weeks going at her own pace with a staggered sponsored walk, which will see her walk more than 100 miles throughout May.

Reanna said: “We met Cheryl when she started university and we love her charity. It’s amazing how she started her rescue mission from her garden.

“We are very sad to hear what happened to her home and her animals, but we will do everything we can to support her.

The fire started in Brown Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse

“I will continue my sponsored walk. Even my dog ​​enjoyed it despite only having small paws.

“I walk in the local forest between college and work hours, then on the weekends I take bigger walks.

“I receive donations from friends and family and would like to raise what I can for Cheryl.”

Mansfield Wildlife Rescue’s plans for the future also include incorporating a cafe, a small soft play area for children, a vegetable garden and a woodland walk behind the center which can accommodate wheelchair access.

Almost £10,000 has already been raised after a fundraiser was set up by Paul Haywood, who runs Haywood’s, The Home Of Alrate Cheesecakes, on the High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Benjamin M. Yerger