In 2008 as a family we travelled to Thailand. We wanted to spend some of our time working in a volunteer project and found ourselves at the elephant mahout project. The experience changed our lives; we fell completely in love with the elephants and their Mahouts and families. We learnt about the culture surrounding the elephants and their Mahouts and the day to day difficulties facing them in a modern world. They showed us such kindness and warmth and a gentle way of life in a culture very different to our own.

In a subsequent trip we discovered Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary; BLES, an incredible elephant sanctuary near Sukhothai, again we fell in love with all the elephants and wonderful people here. We have been captivated by the work that is going on here and the sanctuary's plans for the future, we fully support and work closely with BLES and have been honoured to be a part of several rescues to the sanctuary.