Footprints of Hope
In 2018, Lord Ashcroft sponsored the first “Footprints of Hope” programme organised by the Veterans for Wildlife charity. The programme reflected two of Lord Ashcroft’s main interests: helping military veterans and promoting wildlife conservation.
Lord Ashcroft’s sponsorship of Footprints of Hope meant that five UK Armed Forces veterans could travel to South Africa for a two-week course that involved caring for baby, orphaned rhinos. The three men and two women, all suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), were at a secret location close to the Kruger National Park. The programme was arranged by Veterans for Wildlife, a British charity that aims to combat wildlife crime. The course was hosted by a second charity, Care for Wild, which runs a sanctuary for young rhinos whose mothers have been killed by poachers. Lord Ashcroft visited South Africa to write an exclusive feature for The Telegraph Magazine.