Animal Friends Insurance who are based in Amesbury, Wiltshire have been working closely with their local rescue centre, the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital, for just over two years. Many of Animal Friends’ staff have volunteered over weekends to help build a pen for larger animals, whilst various donations from the company have helped the charity financially.
When Elaine and Chris Fairfax (Directors and Founders of Animal Friends Insurance) found a female mallard duck injured in their back garden they took her straight to the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital. Here the charity’s founder and expert in bird wings, Mike Boyes-Korkis, assessed the duck and concluded that although weak, her wings were not broken. Elaine and Chris were understandably relieved and decided to name her ‘Duckypoos’, leaving her in the care of the charity.
Since then Elaine and Chris have taken a hands-on approach with the wildlife hospital, and were surprised to learn that it is the only wildlife rescue charity in Wiltshire that helps animals in need from all over the county and not just its surrounding area. Continuing on with Animal Friends’ caring stance, the company donated £12,100 to The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital to help rebuild the existing water fowl pen as well as build an entirely new pen. Elaine and Chris also personally helped find a contractor suitable to build the enclosures.
Duckypoos is now fully recovered and even has a boyfriend in her new home at the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital. She’s also recently started laying eggs which is a sign that she’s in very good health. The project has taken around six weeks to complete and was finally unveiled to the public on Friday 3rd May. In attendance were the local press, as well as Elaine, Chris, Marianne Matthews (Charity Co-ordinator at Animal Friends) and Marketing Manager Chris Newnham.
Elaine Fairfax, Managing Director at Animal Friends Insurance commented, ‘It’s an amazing feeling to be able to be a part of a project that we all know is going to make a substantial difference to animals in our local area. When we first saw Duckypoos we knew we had to act and seeing her now, fully recovered, and in her newly built pen is simply fantastic. A very happy landing for Duckypoos indeed.’