About the Appeal

Founded in 2000, Orangutan Appeal UK has grown rapidly from just a commitment to help, to a position where we are delighted to have been awarded official UK charity status.

Sue Sheward, the Appeal’s Chairwoman and Founder, became involved with the plight of the orangutans in Borneo while on holiday there. Having seen the work of the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre initially as a tourist, and then having shown great interest, she was allowed further access and more information about the project and returned to the UK with the conviction that she would do something to help.

Sue got straight to work on her return from Borneo raising money from meat raffles, jumble sales and a charity racing car track day. Sue tirelessly dug at the pockets of countless people, and thanks to their generosity, managed to raise enough money to fund her first project.

After delicate negotiations with the Malaysian Government, the project was approved, and, we are proud to be the first and only Non Government Organisation (NGO) to have been accepted by them to date.

With her first project well and truly under her belt, and interest in the Appeal growing fast, plans were started for the next “project” and the journey began.

You can read all about the work of the Appeal so far on our projects pages.

Sue has also just finished filming "Meet The Orangutans" and you can now watch the 8 part series on Animal Planet.


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