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Leeds team don wellies for local wildlife rescue centre

Volunteers from Leeds Building Society spent a day working at The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre near Morpeth.   

The three Whitley Bay, Morpeth and Durham branch colleagues helped out with a range of jobs including cleaning the enclosures, painting fences and mucking out stables.

They were taking advantage of the mutual’s volunteering scheme, which allows all Society employees a day’s paid leave each year to help in the community.

The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre is one of the largest wildlife rescue centres in Northumberland. Currently home to many animals, the Sanctuary cares for injured and abandoned British wildlife as well as many unwanted farm animals and pets.

Due to some difficult circumstances, The Sanctuary is unable to take in any more animals and cannot open to the public. However they are always appreciative of volunteers and donations, especially during this time.

“We would like to thank the staff at Leeds Building Society who donned their wellies for the day and happily worked in lots of mud, smells and spiders to clean the stables for our animals,” said Kim Olson from The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre. 

“We had an amazing day - lots of hard work but lots of fun too particularly with our cheeky goats helping us paint!"

Charlotte Williams, Customer Service Advisor at the Society’s Whitley Bay branch, said: “It was a great team building exercise, and we all enjoyed working and interacting with people outside our normal environments.

“We found the activities, which will make a real difference to a large number of animals, challenging and rewarding.”


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Laura Connolly and Stitch the goat

Laura Connolly and Stitch the goat

Volunteers at The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Morpeth

Volunteers at The Sanctuary Wildlife Centre in Morpeth

Photo 1 shows Coleen Davie (Durham Branch Manager), left, with Charlotte Williams (Customer Service Advisor – Whitley Bay), right, with ‘Stitch’ the goat, centre.    

Photo 2 shows Laura Connolly, Customer Service Advisor – Morpeth, alongside ‘Stitch’ the goat.

The Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre is at Crowden Hill Farm, Ulgham, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3NH.

The Sanctuary is no longer open to the public for visits and is not able to take in any more rescued or unwanted animals. However, they are running an appeal to buy a bale of straw for £5 to help the animals over the winter. This is running at the Whitley Bay and Morpeth branches of Leeds Building Society, who are also running a collection for pet food for the animals.

 Please visit or call Kim Olson on 01670 791778 for more details.

Leeds Building Society’s Whitley Bay branch is at 104 Park View, Whitley Bay, NE26 3QL and the Morpeth branch is at 34 Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1NL

Leeds Building Society has 65 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £14.9bn (at 30th June 2016). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.