Little Irchester charity 'speechless' after £13,000 donation from Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough pet stores

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Annie Marriott says she was 'totally overwhelmed' when she heard about the unexpected cash boost for Animals In Need

An animal charity is over the moon after receiving more than £13,000 from pet stores in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough.

Pets At Home has been a great supporter of Animals In Need in Little Irchester for several years.

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It has done this through its charity, Support Adoption for Pets, which supports hundreds of re-homing organisations across the UK.

Annie Marriott from Animals In Need with Kelvin from the Corby storeAnnie Marriott from Animals In Need with Kelvin from the Corby store
Annie Marriott from Animals In Need with Kelvin from the Corby store

Animals In Need manager Annie Marriott told the Northants Telegraph: "The support they have given us over the years is incredible.

"Last year they gave us a £5,000 emergency grant as we could not fundraise and bought us a brand new animal ambulance.

"They also send unlimited pallets of donations of cat food, litter, dog food and equipment and small animal items too."

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Over Christmas the Pets At Home stores run a Santa Paws Appeal to help the rescue centres they work with.

Each store chooses who they want to partner with and Annie says they are so lucky that the teams from Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough all chose to support them.

The charity recently received two vouchers worth £7,200 in total to spend in store or online to buy whatever they need.

Annie said: "How incredible is that, absolutely mind-blowing, I predict my team having a massive spending spree on items they have longed for but funds have not allowed."

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But the generosity didn't stop there, as Annie went on to explain: "And if that’s not enough, they have also just bank transferred Animals In Need an astounding £6,444 from the three supporting stores' Santa Paws fundraising over the Christmas period.

"With times being so hard for everyone due to Covid the help is so needed as we still cannot go out and fundraise.

"I’m just speechless for the first time in my life."

So it's no surprise that Annie was lost for words after receiving more than £13,000 in total through the support of Pets At Home.

However, she did still manage to say: "A massive thank you to the teams in the Corby, Wellingborough and Kettering stores who all work so hard to help us and to Support Adoption for Pets, your kindness and generosity astounds me, I’m so very grateful."

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Animals In Need has been rescuing and re-homing animals across the county for 30 years.

For more information about the charity, based at Pine Tree Farm in London Road, Little Irchester, click here.

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