Walk effort to raise money for needy donkey sanctuary

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A DEDICATED woman was so moved by the work carried out by volunteers at an animal sanctuary that she has decided to raise money for the cause.

Christine Bird, known as Crissy, of Ulceby near Alford has decided with the help of her friends and family to tackle a huge sponsored walk to raise money for the animals at Ratcliffe Donkey Sanctuary in Huttoft.

“I thought I would like to help the donkey sanctuary after visiting and seeing all the amazing work that the volunteers do there,” said Crissy.

Currently the sanctuary is home to 30 donkeys (including two new ones), two zeedonks, horses, Shetland Ponies, chickens, ducks and sheep.

“I work in disability and it was a lovely place where volunteers give their time to care for the animals, which makes it such a lovely place to visit,” added Chrissy.

The group of walkers will set off at 10am on Sunday, June 24 from Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary itself and finish at North Parade in Skegness.

“I’m hoping to raise £300 to £400 from the walk and would be very grateful if anyone would like to sponsor us so we can raise as much money for the sanctuary as we can,” said Chrissy.

At present, the sanctuary has a poorly donkey suffering with cancer problems and a horse with laminitus, so a lot funds have been set aside for their care and Andrew Rae, a volunteer for the sanctuary, said he was ‘overwhelmed’ that Chrissy and her team will be helping to raise funds for them.

“It is only through the help of people wanting to raise funds for us that we are able to stay open and continue to do the things we do,” said Andrew.

“I feel overwhelmed and we are over the moon that the group are doing this walk for us,” he added.

To sponsor Chrissy and her group, call her on 078265 27938.

The sanctuary is also on the lookout for donations, quality bric-a-brac, costume jewellery.