Jenny to roar with the lions at Woburn Safari Park for charity

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Milton Keynes Hospital’s fundraising manager will be taking a walk on the wild side in aid of the Leo’s Appeal for the hospital’s children’s ward.

Fundraising officer Jenny Howells from the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity will be a lion keeper for the day at Woburn Safari Park on November 8.

Inspired to support the appeal after seeing how the hospital cared for the child of a close friend, Jenny has pledged to raise £1,000 for Leo’s Appeal, assisting the keepers with their daily routines and looking after the wildlife.

She said: “I’m very excited to be working with lions for the day. It’s not going to be easy as it’s intense work– and I’m sure they won’t be as friendly as our charity mascot Leo! However working in the hospital I can see first-hand the difference this money will make to our youngest patients and their families.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to raise funds for this amazing cause and to be able to work closely with such interesting animals. I’m really grateful for the support of Head of Carnivores Robert White and of course Woburn Safari Park and hope I can make a real contribution towards Leo’s Appeal.”

The hospital launched Leo’s Appeal in September to raise funds for its children’s wards. From redeveloping ward areas to enhancing facilities for parents, the £200,000 appeal will make a huge difference to local children and families.

Jenny is calling on people to get involved and support this local cause. She said: “Leo’s Appeal is raising funds to ensure local children and their families receive the best care possible at Milton Keynes Hospital. More than 36,000 children are seen by our staff every year – so the impact will be huge. We are so lucky to have as much support as we do and I wanted to be able to do something too.”

If you would like to support Jenny’s event, or help Leo’s Appeal contact Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.