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Askham Bryan Wildlife Park Manager takes the chop for charity

Date: 17th January 2020

Caroline Howard took time out from the busy work day at Askham Bryan College’s Wildlife and Conservation Park to support the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) York.  Caroline, who is the Wildlife Park Manager, shaved off all 26 inches of her hair today in an effort to raise money for the local animal shelter.  She has so far brought in over £500, surpassing her target goal. Her hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a nationally-recognised charity that provides free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Caroline says, “Working at Askham Bryan, we have a close relationship with our local RSPCA. I’ve never worked with a local branch before and it’s blown me away seeing how much they do and getting a glimpse of all the animals’ lives they have such a positive impact on. I wanted to do a charity fundraiser and RSPCA York, Harrogate & District was the organisation that I thought meant the most to our team here – our wonderful keepers who also put their all in to caring for both the animals in the wildlife park, and the RSPCA rescue animals that we assist.”

Peter Gorbert, Branch Manager, RSPCA York, Harrogate and District Branch says, “The RSPCA York Animal Home is entirely self-funded, with all the money raised being spent in the York, Harrogate and wider areas. We rely on the generosity of supporters like Caroline to keep the doors open and the lights on.

We have a huge fundraising target to meet this year so if you'd like to help out you can sponsor Caroline or do your own sponsored activity.

We've worked with the staff and students at Askham Bryan College for a number of years now and they have always been so supportive. We hope Caroline doesn't miss her hair too much during the cold weather, but we have hundreds of animals that will really appreciate her sacrifice."

Caroline Howard’s justgiving page will be live to accept donations until 1 February 2020.

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