Staff help out at animal sanctuary

Workers from the Pets at Home Distribution Centre, Swan Valley, spent the day at the animal sanctuary, Badby, doing volunteer work.
Workers from the Pets at Home Distribution Centre, Swan Valley, spent the day at the animal sanctuary, Badby, doing volunteer work.
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Volunteers have helped get work underway for a new education centre at an animal sanctuary.

Volunteers from Pets At Home’s Swan Valley distribution centre in Northampton went out to Anniemals at Badby to carry out some much needed work.

Workers from the Pets at Home Distribution Centre, Swan Valley, spent the day at the animal sanctuary, Badby, doing volunteer work.'Pictured is Paul Watts ( First Line Manager ) with Annie Blackett ( Owner - Animal Sanctuary )

Workers from the Pets at Home Distribution Centre, Swan Valley, spent the day at the animal sanctuary, Badby, doing volunteer work.'Pictured is Paul Watts ( First Line Manager ) with Annie Blackett ( Owner - Animal Sanctuary )

Annie Blackett, who runs the centre, said: “They took the old roof off the building that will become the education centre here and they put up some fences and a new gate.

“It makes a huge difference for us because now the old roof is off we can get going with the new roof, and in creating the education centre our stabling arrangements have changed and there was no way to get the ponies into their field. I would have probably had to pay someone to come and do the work otherwise.

“They also donated a huge amount of animal feed and bedding. The day before they asked us up and we took away two pallets of food, and when they arrived they came in four cars that were filled with more food, shreddings and hay.”

The work is part of the animal sanctuary’s education centre project.

The idea is to convert a barn into a classroom where visiting children can learn about the various animals at the sanctuary.

It will also provide a dry, warm place for the centre’s 20 or so volunteers where they can eat and get a cup of tea.

The centre provides work experience for college students and placements for children who struggle in normal schools.

The centre already has planning permission and it is now a matter of getting the materials and labour to do the work – not an easy feat for a sanctuary already stretched caring for the many animals it looks after.