Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea held its annual charity ball at the Webbington Hotel earlier this month and raised over £8,000.

This year’s event was themed as The Ugly Bug Ball and celebrated the charity’s 25 years of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work.

Mike Dilger, best known for his wildlife reporting for The One Show, compered the evening and ensured that the 250 guests, all dressed up for the occasion, had a ball.

As well as live music, a three-course meal and a casino, there was a live auction and a silent auction with some lots which had been kindly donated to help raise vital funds for the charity.

Pauline Kidner, Secret World’s founder, told “As it’s our 25th anniversary it was an extra special ball for us at Secret World Wildlife Rescue and Mike Dilger was a fantastic compere.”

“The annual ball is one of the key events in our calendar. It raises much-needed funds so we can help even more sick and injured animals. This year we have raised over £8,000 from the event which is a fabulous amount.”

“We are so grateful to our staff and volunteers and anyone else who helped us organise the event, as well as the people who donated the auction prizes and those who attended and placed bids on the night. We couldn’t have done it without them.”