May 20, 2011
Author Sir Terry Pratchett opens new bird hospital at Secret World
novelist Sir Terry Pratchett visited East Huntspill's Secret World
wildlife rescue centre on Friday afternoon (May 20th) to open
a new bird hospital.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the official
opening, as pictured here.
Sir Terry performed the opening, assisted by the family and friends
of Jasmine Clare, a little girl who died of meningitis last year
and was a regular visitor to Secret World.
The well-known childrens author said he was "delighted
and honoured" to be asked to open the hospital and was also
joined by Burnham-On-Sea Mayor, Michael Clarke.
the number of orphaned and injured birds increasing yearly it
was recently decided that a specialist bird room is needed to
accommodate the animals.
A special appeal to raise funds for the bird room to be built
was launched last Spring and it is already being put to good use
with lots of baby birds making good use of the facilities.
The late Jasmine Clare was described by her parents as 'our little
angel' and donations from the event were shared between Secret
World and Meningitis UK in her memory.
Secret World founder Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have named the bird room after Jasmine as this will see
birds taking to the wing on their second chance to the wild."
Sir Terry became involved with Secret World after the swan shootings
in February of this year when he donated £10,000 to catch
Secret World's next open weekend has a themed of 'wildlife babies'
and doors open from 10am- 4pm on Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and
Monday 30th May.