Local Supermarket Leads the Way in Fundraising for Animal Welfare

Staff at Co-operative Food in Yeovil have led the way fundraising for their local animal sanctuary raising an amazing £500 in just two days by running a raffle and cake stall at their branch.

Matt Charlton, Store Manager, chose to raise the money for Ferne as his family adopted a spaniel called Ruby from the Sanctuary about a year ago. The fundraiser was very well received by the Co-operative customers who chose to support the local animal charity in-store.

Pictured (L-R) Matt Charlton, Store Manager with staff Michelle Brown and Jane Hopkins; Sharon Pavey, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Matt said: “Our fundraiser was such a success thanks to our wonderful customers in the Westfield area. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support we received for such a worthy cause.”

Sharon Pavey, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, which was originally founded in 1939 by the late Nina, Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon, to look after the pets of servicemen and women who were going away to fight for their country, said: “Thank you to all the marvellous staff at the Co-op in Yeovil for this spectacular achievement. Community support like this ensures we can give excellent care to the 300 animals living at Ferne plus the hundreds of dogs, cats and horses we find homes for every year in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.”

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