CW Wildlife Rescue (CWWR) in Rickmansworth is pleased to have been granted official charity status.
The rescue centre, located at Stockers Farm, is now a registered charity after six months of applications and paperwork.
CWWR Founder, Chris Wicks said: “When we arrived in Rickmansworth, we only had 54 followers on Facebook. As people in the town heard about us through word of mouth and social media, our following quickly increased from 50 to over 2000.
“It made sense to apply for charity status as numbers grew and we are now officially registered with The Charity Commission.”
Founder Chris said that he has always had a passion for wildlife and that he rescued his first bird at just six years old. After a 30 year career as a lorry driver, he decided to follow his dream and start CWWR.
The charity has grown from humble beginnings in Chris’ garden shed to a valued charity with over 40 volunteers of all ages, from young teens to retirement age.
He added: “People in Rickmansworth have been so generous to us. We are currently running an appeal for things like dog food. We’ve got 55 hedgehogs we are keeping over the winter so get through about 18 cans of dog food a day!”
Chris is now looking to start a programme called CWWR Juniors, educating young people aged five to 15 on Wildlife Rescue and how to support injured and unwell animals.
To find out more about CW Wildlife Rescue visit cwwildliferescue.com