Staff at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange wildlife centre in Cheshire have launched an appeal for sheets, duvet cases, and towels (all sizes) which are vital for the daily care of the animals in their care.

While the sunny weather has put smiles on the faces of most, it also means busy season has arrived for the wildlife centre’s staff as the baby boom is well underway with a surge of baby wild animals and birds.

Whether they’ve been injured, attacked by another animal, separated from their mum, or even orphaned, the RSPCA centre in Nantwich is always there to help baby animals in need. They are now calling on the public to help them help wildlife by donating much-needed sheets and towels.

So far this year Stapeley Grange has taken in hundreds of young wild animals, including fledglings, nestlings and juveniles.

In order to prevent the spread of disease, fresh towels and sheets are required throughout the duration of an animal’s stay, and with the sudden influx of furred and feathered visitors these are needed more than ever.

Lee Stewart, centre manager at Stapeley Grange, said: “We get through hundreds of towels and bed sheets each year while we’re helping to rehabilitate wildlife as they get ready for release back into the wild.

“Whenever possible we wash and reuse them, but we have to be so careful about preventing the spread of disease, so sadly in some cases we can only use a towel or sheet once.

“This spring we’ve seen a huge number of animals come through our doors and the supplies of sheets and towels our generous supporters have previously donated are beginning to dry up, so we’re calling on the help of the kind-hearted residents of Cheshire and further afield to donate their unwanted towels and sheets.

“We urge people to have a look in their cupboards to see if they have any going spare that can help wildlife.”

Members of the public can drop towels and sheets off anytime at the centre, which is located in London Road.

This year is a big year for Stapeley Grange, as it’s the centre’s 25th anniversary. Over this time the team would have helped over 130,000 wild, domestic and exotic animals. Please follow RSPCA Stapeley Grange on Facebook RSPCAstapeleygrange or Twitter: @RSPCAstapeley or @StapeleyCats to find out what events the team have planned to celebrate this achievement. You can also sign up to their quarterly newsletter: https://www.rspca.org.uk/stapeleynewsletter