You may have seen reports about forest fires in Florida on the news recently - the fires were spreading so quickly that the volunteers and firemen were trying to contain rather than extinguish them.

One report showed a team of fire fighters trying to hold back the fire in an area, but they were eventually encircled by flames and cut off for half an hour. They had water supplies and kept themselves and the area they were in wet, so that the heat and smoke did not overcome them.

Imagine how an orangutan would feel, trapped by fire, without water and gradually choking on the smoke. This was the situation when fire spread across Indonesia's forest at the end of last year. Since then the Orangutan Foundation has been raising money to cope with the increase in numbers of orphaned and injured young orangutans. They raised over £8,900, and have just received permission from the Indonesian government to build a Care Centre, which will make a long-term contribution to orangutan welfare and help with the continuing crisis.

The Foundation also received contributions from fund-raising events. One supporter organised a fundraising week at her local Asda store, which included a raffle: two of the prizes were none other than signed books, donated by Terry himself.

If you want to make a donation to the Orangutan Foundation, or find out more about their work, details can be found on our Contacts page.

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November 1998