Chester Zoo has taken to social media to thank the public for the “overwhelming kindness” shown after launching a public fundraising appeal last week.
The UK’s biggest charity zoo has sent out a message of “renewed hope” after raising over £2.2 million in just a matter of days to help save the park during indefinite closure amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Chester Zoo launched the #SaveOurZoo appeal last Wednesday stating that it has “tried to stay positive during this pandemic” and really wanted to “be a beacon of hope”, but the crisis and uncertainty has unfortunately left it fighting for its future.
The zoo needed to raise £1.6 million per month to get buy.
Debts of £24 million are forecast the end of the year after more than three months of low income and no visitors. 700 jobs also currently hang in the balance, with Chief Operating Officer Jamie Christon admitting last week that it was “highly likely” redundancy processes would be initiated in the coming weeks.
In a post across its social media platforms on Saturday, Chester Zoo said: “The fight continues to save our zoo.”
“This week will be one we will never forget. Starting in a place of desperation and sadness, we have ended with renewed hope.”
“The love, the passion and the energy shown by all of our communities, our members, the people of the UK and way beyond, from 78 different countries, has completely humbled us.”
“You’ve rallied round and mobilised people to speak out against the inconsistencies of the government’s reopening plans.”
“You’ve supported us in so many ways.”
“This fight is far from over, but it’s made easier knowing we have YOU by our side. You’ve made our future look a little less bleak. You’ve made a real difference.”
“For that, whatever happens, we’ll forever be thankful”.
“Let’s not stop now”.
If you’re able to make a contribution to help save one the North West’s most beloved attractions, then you can donate via the official Chester Zoo JustGiving page here.
You can also text OURZOO to 70085 to donate £5.