Secret World asks supporters to go the extra mile

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 January 2011

The injured Little Grebe taking a bath.

The injured Little Grebe taking a bath.


ONE of the area’s leading animal rescue centres is appealing for fund raisers to sign up for a half marathon so it can continue doing its vital work for the region’s animals.

The injured Little Grebe being bathed by a helper

East Huntspill-based Secret World is asking supporters to sign up for either the Bath half marathon on March 6 or the Bristol 10k on May 15 to help raise much-needed funds for the centre.

This week the centre released 35 swans who had been left exhausted and cold after icy waterways left them unable to fly, while they have also released a deer who was found by the centre with one of its ears bitten off, possibly by a dog.

Secret World spokesman Debbie O’Keefe said: “We’ve had a very busy few weeks, we’ve also recently had a Little Grebe handed in, which was found in someone’s back garden with a head injury, a bruised wing and damaged elbow joints.

“At the moment we’re bathing him lots as he isn’t waterproof because of his injuries, which is important for the species.

Secret World founder Pauline Kidner with some of the 35 swans before they were released back into the wild

“These incidents show how important fund raising is to the centre, and we hope lots of our supporters will sign up to one of the races to help raise funds for the centre.

Anyone interested in taking part can phone 01278 783250 or email

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