Animal Management students at Hartpury College helped contestants battle their worst fears in a series of ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ style challenges in support of Gloucestershire Young Carers.
Teams comprising Gloucester Rugby player Harry Butler, local businesses and members of Hartpury’s board of governors tackled a series of bush tucker trials at the ‘We Care, We Dare’ event led by Animal Management students supported by Head of Department Grace Watkins and Animal Collections Manager Aleksandra Lipinska.
Participants overcame their fears to handle animals, reptiles and insects from Hartpury’s 70-strong collection, including hermit crabs, tarantulas, pythons, cockroaches and millipedes.
Funds raised from the event, which was won by a team from HR Champions, will go towards helping the Gloucestershire Young Carers charity continue to support more than 1,000 young carers in Gloucestershire.
Grace Watkins said: “It’s been extremely rewarding for our Animal Management students to be involved in hosting the event.
“It has given them some great exposure to the kinds of events they might take part in when they’re out in the industry, as well as helping to raise funds for a fabulous charity.
“The students introduced the animals to the contestants, scoring their achievements and generally running the event.
“Animal welfare is always a major priority at Hartpury and all the animals at ‘We Care, We Dare’ were handled with the utmost respect, care and attention.
“Our Animal Management department offers courses for students when they have finished their GCSEs.
“They learn how to care for and handle a broad range of animals, including wallabies, emus, meerkats and many reptiles.
“This event was a perfect opportunity to get the students thinking a little more independently.
“We’d like to say a heartfelt thank-you to all the contestants and everyone else who supported such a fantastic cause.”
Animal students at Hartpury have access to industry-standard facilities to help them put into practice what they learn in the classroom, including the Animal Management Centre, Walled Garden Animal Collection, Animal Science laboratories, Dog Agility Arena and Cotswold Dog Spa.