Thank you from rescue service

NEAALM110111D3 - Brinsley Animal Rescue, big thank you to people who donated in 2010. Beth Hewis with one of the hedgehogs currently over wintering with them
NEAALM110111D3 - Brinsley Animal Rescue, big thank you to people who donated in 2010. Beth Hewis with one of the hedgehogs currently over wintering with them

Brinsley Animal Rescue took in almost 800 animals last year and owners Jon Beresford and Beth Hewis want to thank the public for their continued support.

The sanctuary rescued 117 pets, 470 farm animals, four Dartmoor Ponies, 10 goats, 62 hedgehogs, 123 birds, a stoat, two bats and four swans.

The rescue centre has got bigger and bigger each year since it opened three years ago, and in turn needs more and more money to pay for food and medication because it is a charity and is entirely self-funded.

Mr Beresford said: “We rely heavily on public funding.

“We need to raise about £25,000 each year and obviously that figure keeps going up each year as we get better known in the community and as we rescue more and more animals.”

Jon and Beth rescued 25 per cent more animals in 2010 than they did in 2009.

“We could not possibly rescue this number of animals if it wasn’t for the kindness and generosity of the people who donate the funds, who volunteer, or who offer us discounted or free services.

“We have to raise a lot of money each year to do our vital work, so we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this.”

Brinsley Animal Rescue is based in Hobsic Close.

Jon and Beth moved to the property, which has four acres of land, after hand rearing a fox cub when they lived in West Bridgford.

“It all started with the cub and it grew from there,” Jon said.

“Our house was eventually full of animals and we realised it was something we really wanted to do.

“It’s hard work though because we both work as well.”

Of the 800 animals rescued last year, 464 were re-homed. Any animals not re-homed stay at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. There are currently 150 animals at the sanctuary, including a blind bull.

Mr Beresford and Ms Hewis raise money through donations and running stalls at community events such as Eastwood’s Christmas light switch on.