An animal rights campaigner from West Oxfordshire who died in February is still protecting the lives of foxes.
Gemma Molyneux, a care and social worker from Woodstock, was 42 when she died earlier this year after a lifetime of campaigning for the protection of animal rights.
A JustGiving page set up by friend Tom Fitton has surpassed three quarters of the way towards a £3,500 target.
Donations from the crowdfunding page will be used to purchase a new enclosure and release pens for the National Fox Welfare Society.
Mr Fitton, who met Gemma two years ago via social media, said: “We were both passionate about animals and animal welfare and we bonded over that.
“Ever since her childhood, Gemma described foxes as her spirit animal.
“She loved all animals really, but foxes in particular.”
In June last year, Gemma successfully campaigned to get major supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to change its pest control processes after a fox was shot by a contractor on the premises of its Crayford store.
Tom added that Gemma went “above and beyond” for a sick fox last year, staying out with it until 1.30am while waiting for the National Fox Welfare Society to reach it.
The fox was treated and successfully released back into the wild soon after.
During her teenage years, Gemma attended anti-hunting marches with her mum, Daryl Askew Martin.
Her father Pete arranged for fox-shaped flowers to be displayed at her funeral.
Her son, Coren, 21, took an interest in Gemma’s love of badgers and her other son, Charlie, eight, said a recent visit to a fox sanctuary was the “best day of my life”.
Tom added: “Hitting the JustGiving target would be brilliant because it would mean a new permanent fox enclosure being built for the National Fox Welfare Society.
“This would mean Gemma continuing to have an influence on the protection and care of foxes well into the future. If she could have chosen her legacy, I think that would have been it.”
To donate to Gemma’s JustGiving page visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gemmamolyneux