Vangarde Shopping Park has donated items to the local Wildlife Orphanage in Barlby, near Selby. The orphanage looks after injured or baby wildlife that need a helping hand. The management suite at the retail park is also a drop-off point for any items donated by members of the public.

The charity is looking for donations to keep the orphanage open, which is currently nursing three four-month-old hoglets, an injured kestrel and other smaller birds.

Caring for wild animals and birds is expensive, moreso the orphans, who need specialist foods and lots of warmth.  Equipment, incubators, heatpads, syringes, needles, fluids and medication is also very expensive and hedgehogs need quite a lot of medication to make them well again.

There are trips back and forth to the vets and also to pick animals up. Also there are journeys, many of them lengthy to release animals where they were found. The charity says it gets calls from far and wide and can spend hundreds of pounds just in fuel alone.

As well as monetary donations, the charity needs other items including:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Kitchen rolls
  • Disinfectant
  • Kitchen spray
  • Dettol
  • Milton (as used for babies)
  • Hand wash
  • Puppy pads
  • Paper plates (just plain white ones)
  • Meat for cats
  • Meat for dogs
  • Dog biscuits
  • Kitten biscuits
  • Bird seed
  • Peanuts
  • Suet balls
  • Furry hats and feather dusters (which keep baby animals comforted)

Find out more about how you can help the charity here.