If you’ve visited my blog previously then you may remember the injured owl we rescued last year.
Chequers, as we named him, was nursed back to health by Wildlives, a fantastic wildlife refuge based in Thorrington in Essex. Run from owner Rosie’s home and staffed by volunteers, this centre cares for wild animals that are injured as a direct result of their encounters with our world. Every year hundreds of animals are brought in by members of the public, the RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations, to be looked after until they’re well enough to be released, but despite the demand for its services Wildlives receives no external funding and its only income is from donations, topped up when needed from owner Rosie’s savings.
It’s long been our plan to raise some money for Wildlives to support their incredible efforts, and this weekend we’re finally doing so! Tomorrow we head to the Lake District and on Saturday (hopefully – weather permitting!) we’ll be doing a sponsored mountain-climb. Being complete amateurs in this field (there’s not much scope for mountaineering when you live in Essex!) we’ve chosen to climb Pike O’Blisco, a peak that’s reputably not too difficult, but still has an element of challenge. And unlike many English fells it has the distinction of looking like a proper mountain.
We’ve really enjoyed preparing for this event, becoming regulars in the outdoor store as we stocked up on technical layers and sensible footwear. But although we’re (hopefully) prepared for anything we’re nevertheless hoping for some good Spring weather – not the snow and gales of the previous week! Whatever nature throws at us it’s all in a good cause, and over £250 has already been donated to our fundraising page on Just Giving – something to sustain us if the going gets tough!