STAFF at Secret World Wildlife Rescue threw an African inspired ball to raise funds so they can continue to rescue injured animals across Somerset.

More than 200 people dressed in colourful outfits enjoyed an evening exploring African culture at the charity’s 18th annual auction and ball at The Webbington Hotel in Loxton on October 5.

Visitors were greeted by a colourful African inspired display and arrived ‘under canvas’ with a Masai warrior guarding the entrance to the silent auction where more than 100 auction items were on view.

Visitors enjoyed a three course meal, live music and a casino and had the chance to buy 12 amazing items at a charity auction.

Martin Hughes-Games was compere for the evening and Somerset singer Natasha Strange kept guests entertained with a variety of songs on the night.

And Rubba and his drummers got everyone involved in their African inspired drumming sessions.

Pauline Kidner, founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue, said the event was a big success and thanked everyone for attending.

She said: “It was a fantastic evening with many of the guests coming in fancy dress.

“Some guests have attended every auction and ball coming from all over the country.

“It’s fantastic to have such support and all proceeds go to the care of the many wildlife casualties that through our door.

“With more than 100 silent auction items and 12 main auction items, the evening made approximately £10,000.”

The annual charity ball was originally started by Secret World’s founder, Pauline Kidner 18 years ago and aims to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

The rescue charity is funded by donations from the public and rescues and releases more than 5,000 animals each year.

Pauline said donations are vital to ensure the charity can continue to care for sick animals and staff are already planning next year’s event.

She said: “Next year’s ball will have the theme ‘Secret World under the sea’ and tickets are already selling out.

“We are grateful to everyone who has donated money and supported us this year so we could rebuild our aviaries and continue to care for animals in Somerset but we are always looking for volunteers to join us.”

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