May 25 2013 Latest news:
Friday, March 15, 2013
An “urgent appeal” for financial help is being made by a local animal sanctuary.
Heavy rain and snow in recent months has left the paddocks of Little Tinkers pony and donkey sanctuary, in Eaton, in a sorry state
The sanctuary, in Bluebell Road, near the University of East Anglia, is now appealing for people to donate and help them avoid costly feed prices later in the year.
Julie Bassett, the sanctuary’s founder, said: “Due to the very wet summer and autumn and the heavy snow, our paddocks are just mud with no grass and we need to re-seed them.
“The cost for each paddock, of which we have 10, is in the region of £110 per paddock.”
Mrs Bassett is hoping local businesses or people will be interested in sponsoring a paddock for the cost of re-seeding, in exchange for having their logo or board displayed on the gate of the paddock they sponsor.
“We need desperate help for the re-seeding,” she added. “Our total hay bill at the moment is £120 per week to feed our 36 hungry little bellies and if we have no summer grass we will be buying hay throughout the summer, which is something we are hoping we will not have to do.”
The sanctuary was previously featured in the Evening News in April 2011, after it was the victim of a robbery.
The space-hopper toys which the sanctuary’s donkeys enjoy playing with were stolen from its fields overnight and Mrs Bassett appealed for people to donate their old space hoppers.
The unusual story made the pages of national newspapers and was even featured on BBC Three show Russell Howard’s Good News.
Mrs Bassett said the coverage led to a “great response” in donations and is now hoping people will come to the aid of the sanctuary’s animals one again.
To contact Mrs Bassett, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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