Throwback Fundraiser!

Way back in January, when the words, social distancing, furlough and tiers were not part of our vocabulary, the lovely Helena Grant raised £600.00 for charities close to the heart of Stratford Butterfly Farm.
Charity Handling Session

As Helena approched her milestone birthday she wanted to celebrate it by conquering her fear of spiders & raising money for charity at the same time.

In a carefully planned and pre-arranged visit in January 2020, Helena, under the expert supervision of Education Officers Harriet & Coogan handled Rosie, our Chilean rose tarantula.

A huge thank you from Stratford Butterfly Farm to Helena for donating £600.00 pounds to charity.

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  • Helena & RosieHelena & Rosie

In Helena's words this is why she wanted to take part in the charity handling session:

'I have always had a bit of a fear of spiders and I managed to hide this as my children grew up. As I approached my 60th birthday I decided to tackle this head on. Living locally in Bubbenhall an annual visit to the butterfly farm was always on the agenda during the school holidays and I remembered being eternally grateful for the glass that separated us from the tarantula!

I was delighted when I enquired if a handling session was possible and before I knew it the date was booked. Thanks to the wonderful staff I thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience! My expectations were exceeded in so many ways and what a fantastic way to raise money for 3 wonderful charities!  The Kipepeo Project  Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire Branch & WIRES

I thoroughly enjoyed my tarantula experience and was looked after very well by all the staff! 

Rosie was very gentle and not at all scary and it was a privilege to hold her! Coogan & Harriet were very informative and filled me with confidence and information, I have definitely conquered my fear of these fascinating creatures!'

Please note: Spider handling session requests are subject to the discretion of Stratford Butterfly Farm. The spiders welfare always comes first.