Monkey Haven wins silver in film awards

A gala ceremony, at Odeon’s Leicester Square, saw Monkey Haven awarded silver at this year’s Charity Film Awards.

‘The Story of Monkey Haven’ is a detailed account of the mission to provide a happy, forever home for rescued animals in need. The film is narrated by Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven, and told through the lens of his 19-year-old granddaughter, Ellie Wickes.

Ellie said: “We can’t thank you enough for all your love and support in voting for our film.

“Through highs and lows I have watched my grandad’s dreams turn into reality and followed the journey through 19 years of my life. It has been truly inspiring to witness my grandad’s passion of creating a ‘forever home’ for primates and animals in need. This is my grandad’s legacy and I have loved sharing it with you all.”

Don added: “When Ellie suggested creating a short film for the Charity Film Awards, I was slightly apprehensive of how we would fit a twenty year story into a five minute film! But she captured the story of Monkey Haven beautifully.

“It’s every grandad’s dream to reminisce and tell your life story to your grandchildren and, through Ellie’s creative eye, she has enabled me to actually tell my story to everyone.”

The Charity Film Awards celebrate the effective use of film by charities to change mindsets and raise awareness of good causes and the work they do. Don’s daughter, and manager of the attraction, Kelly Wickes, said: “We were extremely proud of our film getting through to the finals but to actually win a Silver Award is amazing and a wonderful achievement for our charity.

“It was such a special evening alongside some incredible charities, celebrating the wonderful work we all do through the power of film. I’m hugely proud of my daughter and my dad for creating this film.

“It’s a wonderful reflection of decades of hard work, and I would like to particularly thank my amazing team at the Haven who go above and beyond to ensure our animals have the best love and care possible.”

The film can be viewed at