Kids Get On Their Bikes To Save Favourite Zoo


June 09, 2020

Harris Smith and Evelyn Hargreaves both from Lancaster are close cousins. Both aged 7 they have a shared love of and interest in animals. Every year as a family, including grandparents and their great granddad, a holiday would be taken near Chester and a visit to Chester Zoo was a holiday highlight. Since their great granddad died in 2018, the family have continued to visit the zoo in order to help his memory live on as well as spending quality family time together in an amazing environment.

On hearing the news that Chester Zoo may have to close due to Covid-19 and subsequent loss of income, Harris and Evelyn worried about the many animals there and the staff that worked so hard to look after them. They decided they would like to do everything they can to help save the zoo and wanted to raise some money. They settled on an idea to cycle the equivalent distance from their homes in Lancaster to Chester Zoo, 81 miles over two weeks up to 20th June. A justgiving page was set up with a target of £200.

Harris’s mum Danielle said. “Originally Harris and Evelyn came up with an initial target of £50,000, but we encouraged them to aim for a more modest sum which we felt would be achievable in the hope that in hitting the target they would learn that together, they can make a difference.”

The pair will be out this weekend adding more miles to their ride as they aim to cover the equivalent 81 miles distance to Chester Zoo. They won’t be hard to spot as Evelyn’s parents have made them both a ‘Save Chester Zoo’ flag for their bikes, they also plan to paint their faces as they help spread the word for this special zoo.

If you’d like to support them as they try to make a difference to one of the UK’s longest established and much loved zoos and a leader in endangered species conservation you can visit their fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harris-and-evelyn-chester-zoo  In just two days the pair had raised £1182, and they are both absolutely thrilled.

Danielle added “We want to thank all those people who have already donated, not only is the zoo going to receive some much needed money, but importantly, Harris and Evelyn are truly learning that they can and are making a difference to our world."