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RSPCA assistants to spend 24 hours in kennel to raise money for animal home
9:44am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
COLLEAGUES from an RSPCA centre in York are preparing for an unusual challenge this weekend.
Laura Walters, 23, and Jack Hudson, 20, animal care assistants at The York Animal Home, will live in a kennel with one of the home’s oldest residents, a dog called Sasha, to raise money for the centre.
Angela Hunter, branch manager at the centre, said fundraising was a crucial part of working at the home, and over the past year the team had raised about £4,000.
Angela said: “They’re not just doing it to raise money, but also to experience what it is like to be a dog in the kennel for 24 hours.
“We set staff a target of raising £100 each towards our costs, and allowed them to come up with their own ideas, and this is what Laura and Jack came up with.
“A lot of stafff have done a variety of different things, from running the York 10k, and one is running the marathon. I leaped off an Alp in Switzerland, paragliding, earlier this year.”
Laura said: “We just wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before, and raise money and awareness of our long stay dogs as well.
“Sasha, who is about four years old, is our second longest stay dog, and has been with us for about 18 months.
“We’re really nervous about it, but looking forward to it as well. We’ll be doing it from 8am to 8am the following morning, with three ten-minute breaks in the day, like Sasha has, then at 5pm when everyone goes home, we’re alone until everyone comes in the next day.”
The pair have already had an anonymous donation of £150 on their justgiving page, and have raised about £400 in the last week.
To donate, go to justgiving.com/laura-walters1
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