A WILDLIFE sanctuary is raising funds to build a new birds of prey hospital unit.

Sharandys Birds of Prey launched a GoFundMe page to raise £2500 that would allow them to erect a unit hospital at their Chard rescue centre.

So far, the Sharandys has managed to raise £1582 towards the cause.

The new unit will be based within the centre itself.

Sharon Cox and her son Matt Banks, said: “We have been rescuing birds of prey for over 15 years now, we have had the busiest couple of years ever.

“However the room that we have been using is no longer suitable as it is too damp and far too small, we are really struggling to both treat and house the birds safely and without affecting our own birds.

“We have approached Yeovil Fencing and they have very kindly agreed to supply a suitable wooden outbuilding, delivered and erected for just £2500.

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Sharon has been rescuing birds of prey for 16 years

“Unfortunately, due to the last couple of years we have taken a financial hit and we don't have the funds therefore we have decided to try and fundraise for the amount so that we can continue to rescue the birds and treat/care/house them more efficiently and comfortably. Please, help us if you can, Matt and I will be eternally grateful.”

Sharon said the new hospital unit would make the “success rate better” and would “make it easier to care for the birds and give them the best care we can”.

The centre offers experience days, courses, talks, and public displays.

Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.gofundme.com/f/bird-of-prey-hospital-unit?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_njrj+bird-of-prey-hospital-unit For more information, visit www.sharandysbirdsofprey.com