By Gary Smee Thursday 06 September 2012 Updated: 06/09 13:07
AN APPEAL to save a Vale animal sanctuary has received overwhelming support during its first few days with thousands of pounds already raised.
The Farm Animal Sanctuary in Middle Littleton needs £70,000 so its founder Janet Taylor can buy the site at Manor Orchard Farm in School Lane from its owner.
It follows an eviction notice from the owner last year when staff were told the only option to keep the sanctuary open was to buy the land.
Television star Joanna Lumley stepped in to launch the Mile of Gold appeal at the farm sanctuary's open day on Sunday (September 2).
Ms Taylor who runs the charity with just a few other staff members and volunteers said the support following the launch had been fantastic. She also thanked Mrs Lumley, who has been a constant friend to the charity for more than two decades, for her help on the day.
"Joanna was brilliant, she stayed throughout the day signing photos and shirts, and really showed how much she cares," she said.
"We raised just over £8,000 on the day which was absolutely fantastic and there is money still coming in. I am really grateful to everyone who gave so generously.
"There is still a long way to go but we have made a wonderful start to the appeal."
To help with the Mile of Gold appeal e-mail FASanimals@gmail.com for a fund-raising form or call 01386 832640.
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