Kids raise funds for animal centre

The pals raised more than �200 for the animal centre
The pals raised more than �200 for the animal centre

A GROUP of enterprising school pals launched their own fundraising campaign to raise more than £200 for an animal charity.

Animal lovers Holly and Emma Gutteridge, 13 and 10, Luke and Jodie Farrell, aged 12 and 11, and friend Chloe Shurety, 10, decided they wanted to collect money for The Blue Cross in Lewknor in the summer.

They chose the animal re-homing centre, because Luke and Jodie had adopted a rescue cat from the centre and wanted to help more needy and unwanted animals looking for homes.

The friends, who live in Chinnor, put their heads together and came up with a range of money-making schemes, including cake sales, door-to-door collections, a ‘name the toy’ dog competition at a Christmas bazaar and selling arts and crafts at a garage sale.

Lynda Gutteridge, mum to Holly and Emma, said: “They were really enterprising and came up with lots of good ideas. We’re really proud of all the hard work they put in.”

The children visited The Blue Cross to meet some of the animals looking for homes and hand over a cheque for £210.

Jolene Gibbs, volunteer co-ordinator at the Lewknor Blue Cross, said: “We were overwhelmed with all the hard work the children put in to raise money for the cats and dogs in our care. They did a fantastic job.

“We rely entirely on public donations and it is only through the generosity and hard work of people like Holly, Emma, Luke, Jodie and Chloe that we can continue to help the animals who need us.”

The Blue Cross centre finds homes for unwanted cats and dogs. To find out more call 0300 777 1500.