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A WILDLIFE hospital has been given a boost by Microsoft.

Brent Lodge, near Chichester, cares for 3,000 sick and injured animals a year from across Hampshire and West Sussex.

The search engine Bing, which is part of Microsoft, is today handing over its UK homepage to the charity, giving it the chance to tell 12.7m users its story.

Hospital founder Dennis Fentner said: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen by Bing. It gives us the opportunity to tell more people about our vital work in helping wildlife. Every week a wide variety of bird species and mammals arrive at our hospital and we can only carry on what we are doing with the support of the public, both in terms of donations and volunteering.’

Around 2,500 of the animals cared for are birds and the rest are hedgehogs, deer and small mammals.

Peter Maxmin from Bing said: ‘The work that Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital does is amazing.

‘It doesn’t just provide a safe environment for injured wildlife to receive treatment and recover from injury; it also works with schools and other organisations to educate about the risks and dangers faced by our wildlife and to spread knowledge in the surrounding community.

‘Like many charities, this is sadly made more difficult by limited funding, which is why we’re delighted to be showcasing the charity as part of Bing’s Help Your Britain campaign.’

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