Student seeks help for wildlife study work

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A former Blackpool student is wanting Gazette readers’ support for a conservation project working with wild African elephants.

Reece Thornley, 19, from Grange Park, completed his A-Levels at Blackpool Sixth Form College in 2013 and is now studying for a degree in Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University.

Reece, who also attended Bispham High School before Blackpool Sixth, is a wildlife enthusiast.

He is planning a research project this summer in an enclosed South African wildlife reserve.

He hopes to participate in Operation Wallacea, a conservation programme that supports young scientists to undertake conservation research work in remote areas of the world.

Reece said: “Coming from a very low income, working class family, I have been supporting myself through university and will receive no financial assistance.

“I have raised just over £1,000 so far and I would be incredibly grateful for contributions to my fund so I can make a difference in the world.”

To donate visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dissertation-researchsouth-africa