Sandra gives blanket cover for dog shelter
Fundraiser has knitted 18 covers to keep animals warm this winter
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
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