On the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic, film Born Free, the Born Free Foundation have declared 2016 to be The Year of the Lion.
To celebrate Derbyshire wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering hosted Virginia McKenna and her son Will Travers, President of Born Free, at a one-day event in her gallery home at Oaker near Matlock.
She also handed over a cheque for £7,500, which means that this year her Foundation has been able to donate £12,500 – enough to fund the building of ten lion proof enclosures in Kenya.
They protect livestock so the Masai do not need to kill the lions to protect their livelihood.
For more information about the foundation go to pollyannapickering.co.uk