24 Aug 2016

Your fantastic support has been flooding in – and for that we’re extremely grateful, we couldn’t do it without you! Take a look at what can be achieved when we act for elephants below, here are just a few of our amazing supporters:

Nigel Wood took on an ultra-challenge and ran the Addo Elephant Run in South Africa and raised £1,031

Gail Kirkpatrick raised £142 by running the Chester Half Marathon. Gail was moved to run for elephants after hearing that two-year-old elephant calves Bala and Hari were killed by EEHV. She told us:

“I have many happy childhood memories of Chester Zoo, I have been a member for the last five years and am making memories with my own young children.  One of their favourite animals and a must-see on every visit is the elephants. Unfortunately Chester Zoo have lost two baby elephants in recent months to this devastating and little known disease. Elephants, like humans, live in family groups and grieve as we do.  As a mum I cannot begin to understand how they have dealt with the loss of their little ones.”


Over 200 bikers took part in the Chester Rideouts charity ride and donated an amazing £739.

Year 5 students at Hawarden Village Church School put on an assembly and a cake stall to raise £60. After baking for elephants, Year 5 students explained:

“We decided to help the elephants by holding a cake sale. The whole school turned up and the cakes sold out in minutes, everyone was really keen to help the elephants. We were really pleased!”

Chester Zoo volunteers Candice Booth, Jacqui Griffin and Pauline Lowrie organised an ele-fantastic event and raised over £4,400!

2MD at Town Lane Infant School raised £35 after learning about elephants with their teacher Mrs Macaskill

With the support of our incredible volunteers and our wonderful hosts, by bouncing on the bouncy castle, playing the tombola and having your faces painted, you helped raise £320!

Over 850 of you have already given generously and raised funds, bringing the total raised to over £20,000! Every penny will fund vital research into treatments for EEHV. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s already joined the fight against this terrible virus. There’s still a long way to go before we see the end of EEHV and your efforts have been a truly inspirational start to this campaign.

Fancy getting involved and organising your own fundraising activity? Then sign up to Never Forget here and we’ll support you all the way!