Folkestone Academy students donate cash to Stelling Minnis Animal Sanctuary

Contributed by editor on Feb 09, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Students from The Folkestone Academy visited The Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary in Stelling Minnis to hand over food donations and a cheque for £400 following a series of fundraising activities.



Lumley House, one of eight Houses in the Academy, held their annual House Charity Day to raise money for the RSPCA and The Lord Whiskey Animal Sanctuary. They organised activities including a blind raffle, sponsored run and animal food bank.

Students meet animals from the sanctuary


During their visit on 6 February, they were shown around the animal sanctuary and had time to pet some of the cats, dog, pigs, rabbits, hedgehogs and newly rescued horses and ponies.


There were also injured doves and seagulls which were being nursed back to health before being released.

Founder Margaret Todd, MBE greeted the students and showed them around, explaining their many interesting stories of rescue and salvation.


Margaret works with volunteers to offer a safe lifeline for animals of all kinds.


Student meeting animals from the sanctuary


The sanctuary relies solely on public funding and food donations, so students presented their animal food donations to Margaret along with the £400 cheque.

Head of House, Rebecca Wood, who accompanied the students on the visit said: “As a House we are proud to support this wonderful charity alongside the RSPCA where the rest of our money will be donated.”

Year eight student Maya Rattigan said: "It was a fun day and the cats were cute. I liked Lady Gaga who is very friendly and looking for a home.”

Student Tilly Hayton said: 'It was interesting listening to the rescue stories and finding out how the sanctuary will be spending our £400.00 on hay for the horses,” while Laurel Fry in year seven said: "One of the dogs I met looks like my own dog Stumpy and she really enjoyed back rubs!”

Top photo: Lumley House students with their animal food bank donations


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