STAFF from a Harborough business were so moved by a theft at a wildlife hospital that they took on a sponsored walk to help it in its hour of need.
Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital was targeted by thieves, who stole valuable cages leaving it £30,000 out of pocket.
The Kibworth hospital cares for wild animals which have been injured or abandoned, and in many cases is able to release them back into the wild once they are well enough.
When the thieves struck in August, many birds and hedgehogs were killed.
After hearing the hospital was in need, Claire Coppin of Welland Valley Feeds decided to do something to help the hospital.
She recruited colleagues for a 10km sponsored walk which saw the colleagues leave from and return to the hospital with a target of raising £1,000.
Claire said: “We raised £2,841.06. We are really pleased. The public, everyone was a lot more generous than we first thought. To triple our target was really pleasing.”
She also thanked all the people who sponsored them and gave special thanks to Penny March, who provided refreshments on the day.
Angela Downham, of Kibworth Wildlife Hospital, said: “It was fantastic. They exceeded what they thought they would make three times over.”
Miss Downham said the money would go towards buying new cages for the animals.
Although the hospital has received donations, it is still in need of more help. Anyone able to donate or fundraise can contact 07951 285366.