Published: 11:01, 04 March 2021
| Updated: 11:06, 04 March 2021
A woman walked a marathon dressed as a meerkat to raise cash to supply the real thing with a new home.
The family-run business provides a diverse range of opportunities for people to experience birds up close and personal, but now has meerkats too.
The 37-year-old said: "After a visit to The Kent Owl Academy, our little family instantly fell in love with the animals, and the place itself.
"The staff and the vision that they have to help animals extends to those who are already there and the unwanted ones that they take in from the public.
"With Covid restrictions, they are struggling financially and I wanted to do what I could to help pay for things that the animals need."
The Horsted Junior School teaching assistant has raised funds to help pay for food, medicines and materials for a new meerkat enclosure.
She added: "I also wanted to make people more aware that the academy exists so I decided to walk my own Meerkat Marathon around my local estate dressed as a meerkat over the last two weeks."
Aimee began her challenge on Saturday, February 13. She said: "Roaming around dressed as a meerkat has been brilliant and I loved the car horns beeping in support.
"I’ve had so many lovely people stop and put change in my donation pot!"
Aimee raised £600 through her JustGiving page, beating her £100 target. If you would like to support Aimee click here,
The mum-of-two also raised £160 thanks to people putting donations in a bucket she carried on her walk.
To find out more about The Kent Owl Academy click here.