Record raised at open day

Yorkshie terrier Suzie being made a fuss of by owner Claire Briggs and Brenda Holman.
Yorkshie terrier Suzie being made a fuss of by owner Claire Briggs and Brenda Holman.

Brinsley Animal Rescue Centre raised a record £5,500 at a recent open day.

The centre – which takes in wild animals, farm animals and pets – hosts an open day every year and this one was the most successful ever, with more than 1,000 people turning up on the day.

Owners Jon Beresford and Beth Hewis organised stalls, games and tea and cake, giving people the chance to come along and meet the animals.

Beth said: “It was amazing. We normally make about £3,000 to £3,500 so we were really pleased. I couldn’t believe how many people came.

“One lady came all the way from Scarborough and there were people there from all over Nottinghamshire.

“The sun shone all day which helped. It was an unbelievable day. The most successful one we’ve ever had.”

Many of the animals were reserved for adoption on the day, making it a success all round.

“We had an influx of rabbits before the open day and most of them have been reserved now,” said Beth.

The centre owner said five years ago they just used to open there garage doors for tea and cake and raise a couple of hundred pounds.

“How we’ve moved on from those early days is unbelievable. We’ve come a long way,” she said.

There were stalls, a tombola and raffle, games, a bar for drinks, cream teas, cake, burgers.

The couple opened up their wildlife hospital where they treat sick and injured animals, and had leaflets and display up, making the open day educational as well as fun.

The star of the show, Bernard the magpie – an extraordinarily tame bird which has taken up residence in the village – was also there to meet and greet people.

Beth said the events could not go ahead without the help of the community.

“People around the village help with the baking and donations for stalls. It’s a team effort. I can’t thank them enough,” she said.

The rescue centre is a charity and is always in need of financial help.

“Everyone came to see Bernard and he was around all morning but he disappeared in the afternoon. He normally likes big crowds.”