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The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe celebrates its 50th anniversary

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

  • A capuchin monkey from The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe

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The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Looe celebrated its 50th anniversary last night and raised over £2000 for the primate charity.

The Jungle Ball black tie event, which was held at St Mellion International Resort, saw more than 100 guests attend to celebrate.

The proceeds from the evening all went towards The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, which is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for former-pet monkeys.

Hayley Dann, head of income generation and PR at Wild Futures, said: “The amount raised was a considerable amount for us, especially as it costs around £500 just for one monkey’s vet bill.

“It was really successful and it raised awareness.”

Eight hundreds pounds was raised after a 1966 Football World Cup shirt that belonged to Sir Geoff Hurst was auctioned off for £350 and there was also raffles and games.

Special guests included Sheryll Murray, South East Cornwall MP, who has adopted her own monkey called Donkey.

Ms Dann said: “She’s been fantastic with our campaign.”

Representatives from The Body Shop who have backed the charity also attended the event and have raised £15,000 so far through sales of a lip balm towards the primate charity.

The Body Shop aims to raise a further £15,000 by the summer.

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