Show support for animal care

AN animal rescue centre will open its gates for a fundraising fair to help support it through the winter.

The Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Ulgham will hold its annual autumn fair tomorrow (Saturday).

Visitors can enter for a donation, and as well as the chance to see the 150 animal residents, there will be stalls, a tombola and car wash, run by local children.

Informal talks will take place throughout the day about the work of The Sanctuary and how people can get involved and help.

Last year’s event raised more than £3,500, but organisers hope this one will be even better as funds are in desperately short supply.

Owner Kim Olson said: “The summer has been such a wash-out again this year and with many families struggling financially themselves a day out is a luxury item and one of the first things to be cut back so our funds are low for this time of year.

“However, we know that there are so many people in the north east who do support The Sanctuary and want to help so we are having our open day early this year and offering a day out for local families with a donation only for the admission costs.”

Visitors are encouraged to take tins of pet food, as well as jam doughnuts for the badger, pony nuts and horse treats, and ginger snaps or rich tea biscuits for the goats. They are also invited to donate £5 for a bale of hay or straw.

The gift shop will be selling all stock half price and there is an offer on the Adopt an Animal scheme of two for £25.

The open day runs from 11am to 3pm.