A DELIGHTED animal rights campaigner from Kidderminster helped raise more than £400 for a lion charity following the screening of a documentary about trophy hunting and captive lions.

Deb Pollard arranged a showing of the ‘Blood Lions’ to be shown at Kidderminster Town Hall and followed a mercy mission she herself went on in South Africa.

The film is about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

In January, the Shuttle reported how Debbie had spent got involved with The First Lions Project, run by the ‘Not for Sissies’ company which works to reintroduce captive lions back into the wild.

The project involves taking rescued captive lions and developing them so that they can eventually be reintroduced to the wild and fend for themselves.

The event, aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the animals and funds for bloodlions.org, was attended by scores of people - including the Mayor of Kidderminster Councillor Rose Bishop.

Deb said: “The evening was a great success with just under 100 people coming along. I raised £350 on the night and this has taken the total to around £430 for the charity.

“I most definitely raised awareness on the canned lion hunting industry which was my aim.

“I’ve also had an email from the Blood Lions charity thanking me for organising the event and the donation.

“I want to thank everyone who came along, including the Mayor, Christopher Jones for photos and taking care of the showing of the film and Lisa Cotgrave for helping with the organisation and collecting donations.

“When this barbaric industry does get banned they can all be proud of themselves for their contribution.”