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Academy Donates £400 to Local Animal Sanctuary

Students from The Folkestone Academy recently visited The Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary in Stelling Minnis to hand over food donations and a cheque for £400 following recent fundraising activities. Lumley House, one of 8 Houses in the Academy, held their annual House Charity Day to raise money for the RSPCA and The Lord Whiskey Animal Sanctuary. They organised a number of activities including a blind raffle, sponsored run and animal food bank.

During the visit, organised by Head of House, Rebecca Wood, students experienced a tour of the animal sanctuary and had time to pet some of the cats, dog, pigs, rabbits, hedgehogs and newly rescued horses and ponies. The sanctuary also had some injured doves and seagulls which were being nursed back to release.

Founder Margaret Todd, M.B.E personally greeted the students and walked them around, explaining their many interesting stories of rescue and salvation. Margaret works with volunteers to offer a safe lifeline for animals of all kinds. The sanctuary relies solely on public funding and food donations, so when students presented their animal food donations to Margaret along with the £400 cheque, it was a very pleasant surprise!

Rebecca Wood accompanied the students to the sanctuary, she comments:  “As a House we are proud to support this wonderful charity alongside the RSPCA where the rest of our money will be donated.”

Students who also visited comment:

Maya Rattigan (Year 8) said "It was a fun day and the cats were cute. I liked Lady Gaga who is very friendly and looking for a home.”

Tilly Hayton (Year 8) said 'It was interesting listening to the rescue stories and finding out how the sanctuary will be spending our £400.00 on hay for the horses.”

Laurel Fry (Year 7) said "One of the dogs I met looks like my own dog Stumpy and she really enjoyed back rubs!”