Staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue supporters have dug deep to donate just over £10,000 at their annual fundraising ball.

The circus-themed ball, held at the Webbington Hotel near Weston-super-Mare, was Secret World’s 17th charity ball.

Compered by BBC broadcaster and Secret World Patron Mike Dilger, the event pulled in nearly 250 wildlife lovers from across the country in aid of injured wildlife rescued by Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea.

Guests were given the option to come in fancy dress and were treated to a disco, a David Ford tribute act, a magician, a casino and a cabaret act. There was also a live auction and a silent auction hosted by auctioneer Paul Gass.

Secret World, which has been rescuing sick and injured wildlife for over 25 years, receives no money from Government and relies solely on the generosity of its supporters and donors.

“The ball has helped us raise precious funds to enable us to help sick and injured wild animals across the South West,” Pauline Kidner, the charity’s founder, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

“The evening went so quickly! Secret World’s annual charity ball is one of the key events in the calendar and this year’s event did not disappoint. Our sincere thanks to the Webbington Hotel for making the evening a huge success.”

“We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers who helped us to organise the event, the people and local businesses who donated the auction prizes, the entertainment acts who donated their time for free and those who took the time to attend.”

Charity staff at Secret World are already starting to plan their next ball which will have an African jungle theme.