AN ISLE of Wight woman has launched a fundraiser for Australian wildlife after it emerged the bush fires raging across the country have killed almost 500 million animals.

Following the launch of the campaign on Saturday, Amber Taylor-Wilcox has so far raised more than £600 for Australian charity Warriors 4 Wildlife.

Amber, who has family in Melbourne, said: "I saw a video online of people in Australia, standing on a beach with their animals and watching everything burn.

"If we can show a little island like the Isle of Wight can help out, then anyone can help out.

"I have family in Australia — my aunt, uncle and cousins live in Melbourne and their local fire service is out there fighting the bush fires.

"As well as wild animals, Warriors 4 Wildlife are also assisting domestic animals as well, so cats dogs and horses who have been caught up in the fires will also benefit from the money.

"Warriors 4 Wildlife has also asked anyone who can crochet or knit to make wildlife pouches to carry animals in. "I'm going to be doing it, and later this week I will be setting up drop off points around the Island so anyone else who wants to make one will have somewhere to send it from.

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