Hardy runners bare all for polar bears
Brave fun loving runners bared all and raised more than £6,000 for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation this summer.
The half-mile naked dash was held in August as part of the award winning park's Project Polar campaign.
Saving polar bears
“We are so pleased that this fundraiser has raised so much for Project Polar Bear already,” said YWP Foundation trustee Cheryl Williams.
“Donations are still coming in. It’s been a light-hearted way to bring to light a serious issue.
“But there is a serious message to this as well because polar bears are an endangered species that we must try to save.
“Funds raised will go to the research programme and help future generations appreciate these incredible animals.”
The park is home to the UK’s only two polar bears, Victor and Pixel, who were strolling around their kingdom as the 43 sponsored streakers flashed past.
The first ever Bare All for Polar Bears was open to over 18s only and it was such a success - one runner said it was “wonderfully liberating” - the park is hoping to do it again next year.
The idea originally came from British Naturism and was held in a restricted area of the park, with only friends and family of those who dared to bare spectating.
Important conservation work
The park is raising funds through Project Polar with BT MyDonate.
Alice Hunt, head of BT MyDonate praised the innovative fundraising, saying: “More and more charities are looking for ways to engage their supporters and raise awareness and funds simultaneously. Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Bare all for Polar Bears is a great example and earlier this year they used MyDonate to process donations as part of a voting mechanism for naming their new tiger cubs.”
Says Cheryl: “We are really pleased that a platform like MyDonate is recognising the important conservation work we do at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.”
The park has a sprawling 10-acre reserve divided into four zones, and is at the forefront of the conservation efforts for the world's largest carnivores through the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation.