A rescue centre that treat hundreds of wild creatures in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire has launched a new summer challenge to animal lovers.

RSPCA Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre, which is based at Blakehill Farm nature reserve near Cricklade wants people to run, walk, cycle swim or even paddle 100 miles as part of its One Hundred for Wildlife campaign.

Marketing manager Lizzie Scott said: "This is a fun way for everyone to get involved with fundraising for the wildlife centre. Getting active, getting out and enjoying the summer months and raising money for a great cause – a winner all round!

"We are heavily reliant on fundraising and donations to help the centre continue their work – every penny raised will really make a difference”

The centre, which was founded by Serena Stevens 28 years ago, cares for all sorts of sick and injured creatures, many of them brought in by local people. In recent months the staff have nursed a buzzard with a broken wing, an abandoned leveret, foxes and past patients include deer, swans, orphaned ducklings, geese and tiny songbirds.

In previous winters the hospital has been packed with underweight hedgehogs who were too small to hibernate.

The campaign gives people the opportunity to get active and raise valuable funds for the centre by pledging to complete a 100- mile challenge by September 1 though any activity they choose to take on.

Details of how to get involved can be found on the charity's website rspcaoandf.org.uk or through its social media pages.