In December 2014 my family and I took a holiday to Lamu, a beautiful island off the coast of Kenya. Arriving in Nairobi we found that we had a couple of days to explore the local environment before flying on to Lamu. Having spent a very eventful day on safari we finished off with a visit to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The trust was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, in honour of the memory of her late husband, David Sheldrick. At the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programme. It was at the baby elephant sanctuary where Mrs Husband fell in love all over again, but this time it was with orphaned elephants. The impact was so moving that we decided on the spot to adopt Roi on behalf of Fyling Hall School.

As a result, the school is now the proud parent of Roi.


Mr Allen receives regular updates about Roi’s progress and we can also view this progress for ourselves on the DSWT website.

To help even further with the plight of the orphaned elephants, year 11 helped organise a fundraising day at school. A whole school ‘fun run’ and a secret ‘cup cake delivery’ for Valentine ’s Day raised just over £300! The proceeds will be split between the Cleveland Mountain Rescue and the DSWT.

If you would like to follow Roi’s plight or to donate, please follow the link below.

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Mr Husband (Head of Art)