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  • Business leaders team up to raise funds for animal charity

    Danielle Thompson

    BUSINESS leaders have joined forces to raise funds to help protect neglected and abused animals.

    The Southport, Ormskirk and District RSPCA Centre, based in New Cut Lane, Birkdale, has received a welcome £445 boost for its vital work from the Southport Business Leaders Network.

    The money was raised from ticket sales and a raffle and auction at one of the network’s monthly meetings, hosted by solicitors, Birchall Blackburn Law and held at the Auberge restaurant in Southport.

    Jude Storer and Sylvia Shepherd, from the centre, gave a presentation about the care it provides for unwanted animals and how important it is to the local community.

    Jude Storer said: “With Christmas and winter approaching it’s our busiest time and donations like this are vital. The money will go towards food and the care of our animals.

    “We deal with more than 350 animals a year and it costs £365,000 a year to run the centre.

    “Without local businesses helping with fundraising the animals would have nowhere else to go. We completely rely upon donations, revenue from our charity shop, the public’s generous support and local fundraising events.”

    Tony Coates, from Birchall Blackburn Law, added: “It was an honour to host the business leaders event and raise much-needed funds for Southport, Ormskirk and District Animal Centre. The work they do is fantastic and we’re looking forward to receiving updates from the charity about the animals they give food and shelter to, whilst finding them a permanent new home.”

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