Sidbury girl, 7, draws pictures to raise money for animal park

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:39 01 May 2020

Issy's drawing of the lemurs at Axe Valley Animal Park. Picture: Katherine Ashbullby

Issy's drawing of the lemurs at Axe Valley Animal Park. Picture: Katherine Ashbullby

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A seven-year-old Sidbury Primary School pupil has set herself an animal art challenge to raise money for her favourite wildlife attraction.

Another of Issy's drawings of the lemurs. Picture: Katherine AshbullbyAnother of Issy's drawings of the lemurs. Picture: Katherine Ashbullby

Issy Ashbullby was due to visit the Axe Valley Animal Park in Kilmington to celebrate her seventh birthday this month.

With the park closed because of the coronavirus crisis, she decided to take the 2.6 challenge to raise money towards its running costs.

Issy is drawing 26 pictures of the animals at the park and inviting donations via the GoFundMe website (there is a link for donating at the bottom of this report).

Her mother Katherine Ashbullby said: “It’s a very special family run park with animals from lemurs, zebras and meerkats to snakes, and a very cute armadillo.

Another of Issy's animal drawings.   Picture:Katherine AshbullbyAnother of Issy's animal drawings. Picture:Katherine Ashbullby

“It is run by a really lovely couple who are currently trying to manage the very high costs of feeding and caring for so many animals.

“The park has a brilliant education side, with an education officer who teaches the children so much.

“Issy wanted to help raise money to feed the many lovely animals while the park has to be closed.”

Issy’s brothers and cousins have now joined the fundraising effort. Some are doing creative writing about animals, and the youngest are completing 26 laps of the garden, pretending to be animals.

Issy with Percy the Python at Axe Valley Animal Park.  Picture: Katherine AshbullbyIssy with Percy the Python at Axe Valley Animal Park. Picture: Katherine Ashbullby

Click here to donate to Isssy’s fundraising.


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