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'It's Such a Small World!' Hurst OJs Connect in Cornwall

OJs meet whilst working with seals! Read Karen's story about working with Ben and the challenge he took on for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Karen Feeding Diego
Karen Feeding Diego

Karen Jamison (Martlet – 1997) was one of the first group of girls at Hurst and decided to take a three month sabbatical from her day job as Head of Finance at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

She spent her first month in June, volunteering at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall. Not only did she have an amazing time, it turned out a fellow OJ Ben Fowler (Star – 2003), worked there as Animal Care Supervisor. Karen exclaimed ‘It's such a small world! My volunteer role was just helping with jobs like cleaning windows and sweeping up, but on my last day I got to feed my favourites - Pumpkin the grey seal and Diego the sea lion! I just had the most fantastic time and it was a really nice change from my job stuck on a computer all day and was definitely the break I needed.’ Karen continues ‘The work Ben and his team do is incredible!’

Whilst Karen was there, Ben undertook the Three Peaks Challenge with his family to raise funds for a big renovation project at the sanctuary. Ben explains ‘The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is in desperate need of a pool re-vamp and they have ambitious plans to improve the quality of their resident and rehab seals lives. Unfortunately the reality is that as a charity, they need as much financial help as possible to make this dream come true.’

Starting at Ben Nevis in Scotland, they then made their way to Scafell Pike in England finishing off with Mount Snowden in Wales, all in 24 hours! With sun, rain, snow and lightning, Ben made it back with 27 minutes to spare!

Please support this amazing cause using the link above and have a look at their web page or visit the sanctuary soon. The Charity’s Mission:

  • To rescue and provide expert care for sick, injured, or distressed seals and other marine animals in need of help who are found around our shores.
  • To release them back into their natural environment once they are back to full health.
  • To provide a permanent home and ongoing care for seals and other marine animals who cannot be released back to the wild.
  • We educate and inspire generations to protect our seas and amazing marine life, now and for the future.

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