Families from around the county enjoyed a special day out at West Midland Safari Park thanks to an initiative launched by the Worcestershire Ambassadors.

The Worcestershire Ambassadors teamed up with West Midland Safari Park to host the event, who kindly gifted over 400 tickets, enabling the families to enjoy a special day out on June 2.

Having raised over £500k for local charities over nearly two decades, this year the Worcestershire Ambassadors are focusing on mental health organisations in the county, namely St Paul’s Hostel and Worcester Community Trust.

Amongst the charities invited to enjoy the day out were Mentorlink, Where Next, WPCC, New College Worcester and New Hope Worcester.

Managing director of the park, Darren Chorley, said: "It was a great pleasure to support the Worcestershire Ambassadors for their family fun day.

"They do such brilliant work within our community, so we were honoured to host families from the charities they support and provide them with a great day out.

"We hope everyone had a fantastic day with us and we look forward to working with them again in the future."

Jean Wilson MBE, founder of New Hope, Worcester said: "Our families really enjoyed their day out at the safari park on Sunday.

"Following on from their visit they will taking part in activities at New Hope related to the animals they saw during their visit, the children especially enjoyed interacting with the parrots.

"Thank you to Worcestershire Ambassadors for enabling our families to access the Safari Park for the day.

"We are all very grateful."

The children of New Hope, Worcester also sent a note of thanks to the ambassadors, which read: "Thank you for our amazing day. Love from the children at Newhope xx"

The Worcestershire Ambassadors are a group of individuals who share a common passion for Worcestershire and an enthusiasm to create a county to be proud of.

In promoting Worcestershire, they work in partnership with various other groups in the County including The Chamber of Commerce, The Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.