A woman is preparing to take a walk on the wild side by spending a month working with animals in Africa.
Lizzie Collins has been helping look after the wildlife taken to Animals In Need in Little Irchester for almost four years.
But she is about to take on a new challenge as she heads to Africa next week to work with animals including elephants, rhinos and cheetahs.
As well as getting involved with anti-poaching projects, Lizzie will be climbing Table Mountain and abseiling down it to raise money for Animals In Need, which rescues and re-homes thousands of animals each year.
Writing on her JustGiving page, Lizzie said: “This is a charity very close to my heart, rescuing and re-homing all kinds of different animals in need of some love and attention and the promise of a better life.
“One of my biggest passions lies in the wildlife department which Animals In Need have been successfully rescuing for many, many years.
“Animals of all shapes and sizes come through the doors every day, scared, injured and alone.
“I have been a carer for the wild animals for almost four years now, learning something new almost everyday, and given the huge privilege to pass on everything I know to newer members of the growing Animals In Need team.
“The work Animals In Need carries out is vital and to a very high standard, which is down to every single hard-working passionate person that comes to volunteer, and I sometimes take a moment to think where would all the animals be if Animals In Need never existed.
“The money that I hope to raise will benefit so many animals present and future, whether it goes towards new enclosures, food for their hungry tummies or medication for sick animals.
“Every penny helps so much in enabling us to carry on saving as many animals as we can.”
Annie Marriott from Animals In Need said: “I’m so very proud of her, she will be working on anti-poaching projects and caring for elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, many other birds and big cats.
“Saving wildlife is a very big deal to her, it consumes her whole life.”
And Annie added: “Please give her the support she truly deserves.”
Lizzie has already raised more than £250, but anyone who would like to add to her fundraising total can do so by clicking here