An RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire is calling on animal-lovers who have a few hours to spare each week to join its volunteer team.

Stapeley Grange, in London Road, Nantwich, has a variety of volunteer roles for people to get stuck into.

The centre is holding a volunteers information evening on Thursday 25 January, at 6pm, where those interested are invited to go along and find out more.

Lee Stewart, manager of the centre, said: “We have lots of different ways people can get involved at Stapeley. If you have a passion for animal welfare and can offer a few hours a week, on a regular basis, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

“People volunteer for different reasons so whether you want to enrich your CV, meet new

people, develop new skills or do your bit for the local community then come along on Thursday 25 January to our information event to learn more about volunteering with us.”

Anyone who is interested in supporting the centre has a role to play, whether that’s helping to feed and clean with the animals, supporting the staff by washing floors, washing and restocking the important towel cupboard or preparing food for the animals in the kitchen.

There are also roles for volunteers in the office, answering phones, admitting animals and general office duties. We also have a team of maintenance volunteers who help maintain the site and support smaller projects.

Whilst all of the wildlife work is hands-off to ensure our wild animals remain ‘wild’, there are   opportunities in our cattery too, where getting up close and personal is definitely a reality.

If your skills lie in fundraising, you can join our fundraising team in their efforts to raise much-needed funds for the centre. Activities include running a stall or stewarding at events, selling raffle tickets, serving tea, baking cakes or growing plants and setting up for events.

Helen Smith has volunteered at Stapeley Grange since 1995. She said: “I started as a volunteer wildlife assistant 22 years ago, learning all aspects of wildlife care from cleaning and feeding to administering medications. I have loved every minute of it.

“In recent years I have been more involved in office work doing admissions, answering the phone and many other tasks for which my work in the hospital has prepared me well. Although working in the office, because of past experience I am also able to help out in the hospital wherever and whenever needed, which I love. I get immense satisfaction helping to care for the many and varied animals which come into the hospital .”

Last week the centre held a celebration evening for its volunteers, where certificates and badges were handed out for our long-service volunteers. Congratulations to Helen Smith (20 years), Sue MacFarlane (10 years) and Brian Corrigan, Gwyneth Burrell, Joe Bolam, Taru Luotonen, Annette McGarry, Samantha Taylor, Hillary Crane, Linda Callaghan and Maisie Fischer (all 5 years) for their well deserved awards.

Lee said: “Our volunteers are very important to us so we think it is very worthwhile recognising their hard work. We simply can’t imagine not having a team of dedicated animal-loving volunteers.”

If you are interested in giving a few hours of your time a week to Stapeley Grange, email gill.wildman@rspca.org.uk for more information.