Here you can see the latest news on what Benjamin has been up to.
BENJAMIN CYCLES FOR BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH
3rd March 2015
On Saturday 28th February Carol Robertson and Simon Tier from Brain Tumour Research began a 400 mile fundraising cycle challenge from Brain Tumour Research HQ in Padbury, Bucks, calling in at each of our four research Centres of Excellence ending in Plymouth on 3rd March.
What was it for?
“Well that bit is simple, research into brain tumours is terribly underfunded and without research, there are fewer treatments, and no hope. It costs £2,740 to provide one day of research in one lab - so we decided that the target would be to raise £43,840, the cost of providing four days of research in the four partner labs Brain Tumour Research work with, by cycling over 400 miles in 4 days. After all, with dark mornings and nights, riding into the prevailing winds, in a wintry March - how hard can it be?!"
“Ever since someone close to me was diagnosed with a cancerous Brain Tumour, I learned for the first time how appalling the statistics are, not just for him, but for all brain tumour patients. With little improvement in prognosis in over four decades it was obvious that research is the only way forward. I started to fundraise at the end of 2011 but I had no idea of a target, during my first lab tour at the research centre in Portsmouth I learned how each day of research in a dedicated lab such as the one in Portsmouth requires £2,740 of funding. My target is therefore to always head toward the next day of research, which currently is day seven, having raised £18,500.”
You can read more about it here.
As a great supporter and Ambassador for Brain Tumour Research Benjamin was invited to cycle the last leg from Dartmoor Zoo to the final Centre of Excellence at the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry. His son Milo also took part, and Ben's dog Vern also showed his support by wearing the Brain Tumour Research hat for #WearAHatDay!
DARTMOOR ZOO FEATURES IN 'THE INDEPENDENT'
8th February 2015
On 8th February Dartmoor Zoo featured in an article in The Independent. An adventurous journalist, Simon Usborne, decided to take part in the Keeper for A Day experience with his girlfriend Jess...
Benjamin is asked about the future of the Zoo and the conversion into a charity.
Picture by Harry Borden.
22nd and 23rd January
On 22nd January Benjamin headed to the Eden Project to conduct a surprise talk for Panasonic's 'Talent for Tomorrow' group, a group of young and ambitious people who are aspiring to get to Manager level in the organisation within the next 2-3 years.
He conducted his motivational talk and surprised them with their team-building task for the next day - a day at Dartmoor Zoo which would see them working together to complete tasks which aims to bring out different skills and strengths.
PALM OIL FREE
As someone passionate about the animals and the environment, Benjamin is dedicated to raising awareness about the devastating impacts of the production of Palm Oil. Dartmoor Zoological Park is striving to to become 'palm oil free' through responsible purchasing of its restaurant, gift shop and cleaning products to lessen its contribution to this devastation, and the zoo is also increasing its public engagement on the effects of unsustainable palm oil production.
Have a look at these websites for more info on the topic:
Say no to palm oil gives a great overview of the issues. The creator of the website was just 13 when he became involved with the campaign against unsustainable palm oil production, and we think this says something about the shocking realities of the topic.
WWF contains further information and some interesting videos demonstrating the facts.
CROWDFUND DARTMOOR ZOO COMES TO A CLOSE
22nd December 2014
The epic 35 days of Crowdfund Dartmoor Zoo has drawn to an end, raising an incredible £339.930.
All at Dartmoor Zoo were extremely pleased with the result of the crowdfund, and although the original total being aimed for was not reached, it is still being counted as a resounding success.
Conducting the crowdfund enabled avenues to open that were previously unavailable, or that were unknown, and Benjamin is pleased to announce that the zoo has been able to complete the conversion to charitable status which will secure its future - the goal all along. So all in all it has been a great success and everyone at the zoo has been very touched by all the support received.
ELEPHANT PERSONALITY STUDIES
Benjamin visits another zoo to discuss research into the personalities of elephants. Studies into humour and the personalities of animals forms a major part of investigations into the minds of animals.
The below video is a clip that demonstrates why this research is so important. You can see the emotion of the two elephants here, and by researching this at Dartmoor Zoo, the hope is to prove their capacity for thinking and feeling which will have major impacts in animal rights.
The visit was a great step forward, keep an eye out for further developments.
BENJAMIN CONDUCTS A TALK FOR MSD ANIMAL HEALTH
9th December 2014
On 9th December Benjamin headed to London to conduct a talk for 140 delegates at an MSD Animal Health conference.
"MSD Animal Health offers animal health professionals, farmers, pet owners and governments the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. MSD Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals."
A great day was had by all, and you can find out more about MSD Animal Health by visiting their website