Crowds flock to support rescued animals

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Crowds flocked to Brinsley this week for a day of animal fun at the rescue centre.

Brinsley Animal Rescue held its Christmas open day to raise money and ensure the centre can keep providing homes for rescued animals.

The charity, run by volunteers, was founded by Jon Beresford and partner Bethan Hewis. The couple began housing rescued animals in their own home in West Bridgford before branching out onto the large site in Brinsley in 2007.

Bethan said open days are very important for the cause.

She said: “It’s about making people aware of what we do as we’re not usually open to the public. We only have two open days a year and hopefully we’ve raised a couple of thousand pounds today, which will go towards our next project of building a barn.

“We’ve also got quite a lot of animals reserved to go to good homes now. We’ve rescued 250 hens in the last week and most of those are going to loving homes because of today.”

As well as a chance to interact with many rescued animals including Boris the blind bull and Jeff the sheep, visitors could browse stalls and visit Santa’s Grotto.

There was also tombola by The Cats Protection League and food being served by the award-winning Nottingham caterers Veggies.

Regular visitor Karl Hernesson said: “Everyone really enjoyed the open day despite the cold, which really wasn’t too bad considering the time of year.

“As well as raising money, the open days also serve as a chance for people to experience the sanctuary and come forward to become the loving guardians of the animals.”

Brinsley Animal Rescue is run on vegan values and the owners do not believe in exploiting animals for food, profit or entertainment.

The sanctuary, which costs £30,000 a year to run, has no paid staff and all money raised goes directly into helping animals by paying for food, bedding, treatment and vetinary bills.

Karl added: “Volunteers are always needed and the open day is a good chance to meet them and the other volunteers. If you feel like offering a few hours a week, it would be for a great cause.”

For more information on the charity, visit their website at www.brinsleyanimalrescue.org.