£350,000 kennels opened at animal sanctuary
HUNDREDS of animal lovers gathered at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary for the opening of it’s new £350,000 kennel block.
Former soap queen and model Gemma Atkinson was the special guest at the ceremony and helped to cut the ribbon on the nine state-of-the-art kennels.
Gemma also put 13-year-old staffie Penny into her new home.
After the event on Sunday, she posted on Twitter: “Bleakholt is such a wonderful place for animals looking for their forever home.
“Thank you so much to everyone who braved the wet weather yesterday to come to the opening of our new kennels @BleakholtUK it was so lovely meeting you all.”
The cost of this work, by Rosslee Construction, was funded through donations and legacies from animal lovers as well as £20,000 from Mars Petcare Pedigree.
Chris Taylor, a Bleakholt trustee and dog walker, said: “Gemma is always really nice when she comes up and is just herself.
“There are no airs and graces and she was happy to have her picture taken with all the children.
“The weather was awful but everybody still came out to see Gemma.”
●● Gemma Atkinson (right) opens new kennels at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary
●● Gemma with a dog