£350,000 ken­nels opened at an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary

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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

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