Jack Reacher author meets Halland welfare centre’s animals

Jacko, Dolly, Jane, Raystede boss Nigel Mason, Lee and Jane
Jacko, Dolly, Jane, Raystede boss Nigel Mason, Lee and Jane

Donkeys Dolly and Jacko, cockatoo Ollie and humans Lee, Jane, Nigel, Sam and Jane showed off their feathers and fur at a major celebrity event at a rescue centre on Friday.

Best-selling thriller author Lee Child and his wife Jane made a guest appearance at the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. The couple had donated £50,000 to a project at the charity’s Halland headquarters.

It was a discreet turnout - not necessarily what you’d expect from the writer of the 19 award-winning Jack Reacher thrillers, now translated into dozens of languages worldwide. But Mr Child has a home near Heathfield and is a long-term supporter of the charity’s work.

Peter Lord, from Raystede, said: “Lee’s wife Jane had first seen the work we do and they were blown away by it. They got involved and have been amazing supporters. The money is going towards a new entrance, phase one of a new project to improve access to the site and widen educational information - a very important aspect of the work we do.”

Lee Child, 60, was born in Coventry and now lives in the United States but retains his East Sussex house. His Jack Reacher stories follow the adventures of a former American military policeman who wanders the US righting wrongs. In 2012 he donated £10,000 towards a new vehicle for Brecon Mountain Rescue team in Wales, offering the money as his brother is a senior member of the team.