FEATURE: Help - Rescue Centre Crisis!
A little while ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event which recognised the dedicated work of lots of different volunteers in Nottingham. I was particularly proud because one of the Reach Out award winners was a volunteer from the charity I work part time for; there was not a dry eye in the house!
Another volunteer which stood out for me that night was a very humble gentleman called Terry Marsh, AKA ‘Terry the Bird Man’. Although I had heard of Terry I was completely unaware of the level of his devotion and commitment to wildlife until then. It all started 20 years ago when Terry injured his back and had to give up his beloved pet canaries and finches. Local people knew that Terry had a knack with wildlife, especially the feathered kind, and although he wasn’t well someone brought him an injured starling to care for. Naming the starling ‘Rambo’ and nursing him back to health, Terry knew this was the start of something special.
Over the years Terry has been the first port of call for many people in Nottinghamshire (including the police and the RSPB) when they didn’t know what to do with injured birds and wildlife. Now however, all that is at risk and Terry’s sanctuary has reached critical point.
A couple of days ago I called Terry for some advice on what to do with a sick frog. Sure enough he helpfully and patiently described what I should do for the frog’s best welfare but what he told me next was very upsetting.
Despite the recognition and the praise Terry has recently found it very difficult to secure donations and support in order to keep the sanctuary running. He must constantly buy food, bedding and medication in order to care for the animals but unfortunately these costs are higher than the donations coming into the charity. The rescue centre never turns an animal away but now Terry is worried that he won’t even be able to keep its current residents after this Christmas.
After talking to Terry I felt compelled to do something and I hope you will too. Perhaps you could make a donation, tell others about Terry’s work or get in touch with him to ask how you can help?
Take a look at the Terry Marsh website and you’ll understand why his Nottinghamshire Wildlife & Bird Rescue Centre just can’t close!
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