Moved by reports of the high numbers of animals injured and displaced as a result of the Australian bushfires, Specsavers Blackheath took action to support wildlife rescue teams.

Throughout January, the store collected donations of knitted blankets and jumpers to send to teams in Australia who are caring for injured animals and providing temporary shelter.

A word from the store director

‘One of our team, Sarah Bartlett, is in a knitting group and they had the idea to knit items to send over to Australia to use as bedding for the wildlife,’ explained Iram Noreen, Specsavers Blackheath store director. ‘When Sarah mentioned this to the team we all agreed that we wanted to help and launched a collection in store.’

More than 100 threatened species have been affected by the Australian bushfires, pushing many towards extinction and nearly half of these are believed to have had more than 80% of their habitat area affected. Images of koalas sleeping in laundry baskets show the need for bedding items where the animals are being cared for.

‘The effect of the fires in Australia is devastating – to both humans and wildlife,’ continues Iram. ‘We were overwhelmed by the support from our community who donated over 100 items to the collection and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone.’

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