Animal rescue day raises £2,400

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Crowds of people were delighted by animals, competitions and stalls at a special day that boosted the coffers of a local charity.

The summer open day at Brinsley Animal Rescue’s centre in Hobsic Close, Brinsley, raised £2,400 for the charity.

People were able to mingle among rescued animals, including Chris the sheep and Boris the blind bull, as they toured the 22-acre sanctuary.

The charity, founded by Jon Beresford and parter Bethan Hewis in 2007, relies on donations and volunteers to help rescue and care for animals and birds.

Bethan said: “We’re so grateful to the volunteers that turned up in the pouring rain.

“Days like today bring in the extra income to help us take more animals, get them neutered, vaccinated and into new homes.

“It also shows people what we do at the sanctuary, which is brilliant.”

Other charities, including Collie Rescue, braved the bad weather and local artists were at hand to paint portraits of pets.

Also on offer was hot food by award-winning vegan caterers, Veggies, as well as tea, coffee and cakes to accompany a raffle.

To find out more about the charity, or to donate, visit