San­dra gives blan­ket cover for dog shel­ter

Fundraiser has knit­ted 18 cov­ers to keep an­i­mals warm this win­ter

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

CHAR­ITY fundraiser San­dra Broad may only care for gold­fish at home, but she has proved her love for all crea­tures by knit­ting blan­kets for an an­i­mal shel­ter.

Re­tired dress­maker Mrs Broad has spent the last six months stitch­ing 18 colour­ful cov­ers for Dogs Trust Hare­field.

She hopes they will help keep the an­i­mals at the home in Harvil Road warm as the win­ter months draw in.

Mrs Broad, 72, of Horn­buckle Close, Har­row, said: “I have knit­ted 1,600 squares at the mo­ment and I’m wear­ing rub­ber gloves be­cause it’s hurt­ing my fin­gers so much.

“I want to get them round there quick, be­fore it gets too cold.”

She added: “They are all bright colours. The dogs will need sunglasses!”

Ms Broad got the idea to help the an­i­mal shel­ter while watch­ing Paul O’Grady’s tele­vi­sion show, For the Love of Dogs, and was also moved by the sus­pected ar­son at­tack at Manch­ester Dogs’ Home last month, which killed more than 50 dogs.

Over the past 25 years, Ms Broad has raised thou­sands of pounds for var­i­ous char­i­ties, but this is the first time she has helped the an­i­mal shel­ter.

As well as mak­ing the woollen blan­kets, mother-of-three Mrs Broad, who worked as a dress­maker for Marks & Spencer be­fore hav­ing chil­dren, has sewn two dresses for the shel­ter to auc­tion off at Christ­mas, each tak­ing her a month to fin­ish.

Simultaneously, she has been busy fundrais­ing for this year’s Poppy Ap­peal and even knits while col­lect­ing do­na­tions at the Waitrose su­per­mar­ket in South Har­row.

She said: “I can’t sit there do­ing noth­ing, so I take it with me.”

Dogs Trust was founded in 1891 and is the largest dog wel­fare char­ity in the UK, with 19 re-hom­ing cen­tres across the coun­try.

Spokes­woman Han­nah Baker said: “Dogs Trust Hare­field is in­cred­i­bly touched by the very gen­er­ous do­na­tion of 18 hand­made blan­kets.

“After hav­ing spent the best part of the year mak­ing them, it’s ‘paw­fect’ tim­ing that they ar­rive with us just in time for the im­mi­nent cold snap.

“At any one time Dogs Trust Hare­field cares for about 120 dogs and now sev­eral ken­nels will be treated to an ex­tra home-made touch.”

n SIL­VER LIN­ING: San­dra Broad who has knit­ted blan­kets for Dogs Trust Hare­field

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­ NL201410932

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