Specsavers in Portishead is appealing to the local community to donate food and toys for the furry residents at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary this Christmas.

From now until Christmas, the team are collecting cat and dog food, as well as pet toys, to help the sanctuary. There are bins located in store and the gifts will be taken to Holly Hedge later this month.

Pip Sharp, contact lens supervisor at Specsavers Portishead and also a volunteer at Holly Hedge, said: ‘The festive season is about looking after each other and animals are just as important. During this time of the year it can be tough for animals, so by sparing a few tins of pet food or the odd toy we can really support the sanctuary while treating the animals to something special this Christmas.’

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is a local independent charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. It receives no funding from the government or National Lottery and relies on the generosity and goodwill of supporters to keep the kennel and cattery doors open. It costs approximately £475,000 every year to run – more than £1,300 each and every single day.

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