Bethany fulfils her wish to become a zookeeper at Woburn
Woburn Safari Park recently welcomed nine-year-old Bethany to the Park so she could fulfil her wish of becoming a zookeeper for the day.
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity works closely with families of seriously ill children to grant them their greatest wish. Bethany is currently living with Wilm's Tumours which is a rare cancer of the kidney and was diagnosed in August 2015. Due to her condition, Bethany has to undergo regular check ups, chemotherapy and scans at the hospital.
Bethany and her family, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, travelled to the Park to give Bethany the chance to become one of Woburn's zookeepers for the day and help staff out with the day-to-day care of the animals.
Her day began with a visit to Rainbow Landing, home to lorikeets and lories, where Bethany was able to feed these colourful birds their breakfast. It was then time to help the Animal Encounters team to muck out the ponies and donkeys, before heading off in the VIP Land Rover to see her favourite animals at the Park - the giraffe!
After meeting the Road Safari animals up close, including the lions, tigers, bears, rhino and antelope, Bethany enjoyed some up close encounters of her own by heading behind the scenes and into the enclosures with the lemurs and meerkats.
To finish off a truly magical day, staff at Woburn Safari Park had arranged for the biggest surprise... the chance to meet the herd of Asian elephants at a special meet and greet session.
Bethany's mother, Rebecca, said: "Bethany had a fantastic day at Woburn. She loved every minute of it. Thank you so much to Rays of Sunshine and Woburn Safari Park for making her wish come true."
Bob Streatfeild, Head of VIP Experiences, said: "Bethany was a delightful VIP guest and it was an honour to show such a brave young lady around the Park for the day. The best part of my job is seeing the looks on my guests' faces as they meet the beautiful wild animals that live at the Safari Park and Bethany clearly had a brilliant time. She made a fantastic 'Keeper For The Day' and was a big help to all the team with her mucking out and feeding!"
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old, by granting wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children.
For more information about Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit their website here.