It made me think about the huge number of wild animals which must be suffering out there, with no-one to help
them despite most of their injuries being caused by humans, albeit unintentionally most of the time.
From that day, I was determined to do what I could to help these casualties.
Fast forward 8 years, with a long story including many highs and even more lows in between, and in 1992 Vale
moved to the present site in Beckford, between Tewkesbury and Evesham.
The house was sold and the money was used to buy a mobile home to live in, with the remainder of the money going towards the buying of the land and various other equipment, aviaries and enclosures.
The land we purchased was literally a ploughed field without even a blade of grass on it. We had to seed the whole
area by hand and wait for the grass to grow before we could do anything. Our first 'hospital' was a 16' portacabin
which was replaced by a much larger, ex-builders workshop donated to us the following year (pictured below).
However, after a few years the portacabin started to fall apart and more decisions had to be made about the
future of Vale Wildlife.
In the late 1990's we were granted planning permission for our present hospital building and we set about raising
over £200,000 to achieve this. We moved in to our new facilities in July 2001.