An­i­mal cen­tre is res­cued it­self – af­ter wa­ter boiler blows as win­ter starts

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TWO North West com­pa­nies have stepped in to save a West Lan­cashire An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary which was has hit by a bro­ken boiler.

Wood­lands An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary, based in Holmeswood, was fac­ing the prospect of en­dur­ing the win­ter with no heat­ing or hot wa­ter as it would have been un­able to af­ford a re­place­ment.

The sanc­tu­ary, which was set up in 2005, is­sued a des­per­ate ap­peal for help on so­cial me­dia as it faced be­ing un­able to care for the needy an­i­mals.

Wood­lands cares for a host of un­wanted and ne­glected farm an­i­mals, small do­mes­tic an­i­mals and species of na­tive wildlife all-year round.

Thanks to two lo­cal firms – MKM South­port and St He­lens-based M&Y Main­te­nance and Con­struc­tion – the sanc­tu­ary now has a brand new boiler fit­ted.

Af­ter a mem­ber of staff spot­ted the post on so­cial me­dia, M&Y got in touch to of­fer its sup­port.

The boiler was pro­vided free of charge by lo­cal builders mer­chants MKM, with M&Y Main­te­nance ar­rang­ing for one of its staff to visit the sanc­tu­ary to fit it.

Gill Kelly, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of M&Y Main­te­nance and Con­struc­tion, said: “We are team of an­i­mal lovers here and so there was no ques­tion about pro­vid­ing sup­port once heard of Wood­lands’ trou­bles.

“Our con­trac­tor, Lee Ed­wards, has also agreed to per­form the 12 month ser­vice for free and en­sure the boiler re­mains un­der war­ranty. I am de­lighted that we have been able to help a great char­ity and en­sure that all the an­i­mals have a warm win­ter.”

Wood­lands An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary spe­cialises in re­hom­ing cats, guinea pigs and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing hedge­hogs. To find out more visit wood­land­san­i­mal­sanc­tu­ary.org.uk

Han­nah, an an­i­mal carer from Wood­lands, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that M&Y Main­te­nance and Con­struc­tion and MKM South­port came to the res­cue and pro­vided us with a fully work­ing boiler.

“With­out heat­ing in the shel­ter we would be un­able to pro­vide the stan­dard of care we are ac­cus­tomed to giv­ing to the an­i­mals that come in, of­ten in a des­per­ate state and so it is fan­tas­tic that we are back up and run­ning.”

A sec­ond rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the char­ity added: “We re­ally hope you can un­der­stand just how much your gen­eros­ity means to us and the weight you have lifted from our shoul­ders, (not to men­tion our bud­get) by do­ing this for us.

“We can now be con­fi­dent that we will be able to care for all of our an­i­mals through­out the win­ter with­out the con­stant worry of be­ing with­out heat­ing and hot wa­ter.”

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