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.
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.