The Wildlife Aid Foundation

Simon's Last Wish

Simon Cowell, our founder, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer that is terminal. Simon has dedicated his life to giving wild animals a second chance. Now, he needs YOUR help to ensure the charity can continue.
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In July 2022, we shared with you the devastating news that our founder, and much-loved wildlife hero, Simon, had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In typical Simon fashion, tenacious as ever, he continues to fight the cancer, an unerring beacon of hope for wildlife.

But its not all good news. Whilst recent treatments have reduced Simons cancer in certain areas, the cancer has spread; he will continue with treatment. We now need your help more than ever.

Over 40 years ago, Simon turned his back on a lucrative City career and founded the Wildlife Aid Foundation, which has become one of the UKs best-loved and busiest wildlife rescue charities. His sacrifice, passion for conservation, and antics on Wildlife SOS secured him a place in the nations heart and an MBE for services to wildlife.

Simon has devoted his life to saving wild animals that couldnt help themselves; hundreds of thousands have been given a second chance thanks to his compassion and dedication. Tragically, for him there will be no second chances.

Now, as his last wish, he is asking for YOUR help to continue his legacy and protect the lives of generations of wildlife to come.

Please help us

Over the past 40 years, hundreds of thousands of animals lives have been saved, thanks to the Wildlife Aid Foundation. Its an extraordinary legacy that Simon has given us, and I think its up to all of us who respect, revere, understand and believe in the importance of wildlife, to pick up the challenge he has given us and continue his work. - Stephen Fry

I remember the first day Simon and I met; I just thought this is absolutely fantastic! - Noel Fitzpatrick

Simon Cowells wonderful work, the Wildlife Aid Foundation With so many threats to wildlife in this country, the Wildlife Aid Foundation has become more and more vital and important. - Emma Thompson & Greg Wise

They save injured animals in distress. Wildlife Aid is brilliant! It doesn't take much, couple of quid, and it makes a difference. - Ricky Gervais


Total amount raised so far: £492,741.84

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. The above is a running total of all donations received specifically for Simon's Last Wish. This is a combination of funds raised through donations, appeals, JustGiving, and partnerships. This total will be updated manually every 24 hours.

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About the charity

The Wildlife Aid Foundation

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Every penny given helps us to save even more wild lives. Dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. The charity deals with more than 20,000 wildlife emergencies every year. Our policy is to return every patient to the wild once they have recovered.

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