Hampshire wildlife charity launches lockdown raffle

logo. Hawk Conservancy TrustWith the Covid-19 lockdown impacting income significantly, Hampshire’s Hawk Conservancy Trust is hoping it can raise vital funds to sustain its work with a newly launched raffle.

The Trust has devised the raffle hoping that the chance of winning a unique VIP experience with birds of prey will attract entries and help replace funds that are needed to continue providing important care, conservation and research work for many species.

The charity’s bird of prey visitor centre at Weyhill near Andover has been closed since lockdown began, losing essential income normally derived from the sale of admission tickets and a range of special events and experiences.

Chief Executive Penny Smout said:

Our philosophy has always been to avoid pressuring anyone to donate but rather to earn our keep by providing world-class visits to the Trust. However, with the lockdown we’re limited in our ability to generate income. We’re hoping this raffle initiative will be seen as a new approach to earning our keep, balancing seeking support with offering something in return to those kind enough to help. It gives every supporter the chance of winning a special VIP experience of meeting and flying some incredible birds of prey as well as learning more about them.

The prize will be available for the winner to take together with a chosen family member or friend once lockdown is over and it can go ahead safely. Going behind the scenes of one of the Trust’s flying displays, the winner will help fly the team of cheeky Hooded Vultures; help with day-to-day care such as feeding and weighing birds; fly a variety of birds; and learn about each species as well as the Trust’s important conservation and research work. There will also be a delicious lunch in Feather’s Restaurant and drinks throughout the day.

Raffle tickets are £5 each and can be purchased until 14 June 2020 via the charity’s website at www.hawk-conservancy.org where full terms and conditions can also be found.

Anyone wishing to see stunning birds of prey during lockdown can find a wealth of pictures, videos and news via the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s regular posts on its social media channels – all easily found via its website.

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