TWO brothers from York have been using their time in lock down wisely, by sleeping out for 50 nights to support a local animal home.

Isaac and Ruari Milsted, from Acomb, took on the task of sleeping in a tent in their back garden for 50 nights consecutively, all to raise money for the RSPCA York Animal Home, who are struggling to keep up with costs after the coronavirus outbreak.

They started their challenge on April 7 and completed it on Tuesday this week (May 26).

Isaac, 11, said: “We’ve chosen to support RSPCA York Animals Home because we recently adopted two adorable kittens from them, and we wanted to give something back to help them continue their vital work looking after the animals in their care during the current crisis.”

Ruari, 9, said: “I love animals and I want to help the RSPCA through this tough time. Our kittens, Frodo and Samwise, came from the RSPCA and we need to help them look after other animals like them.”

All the money raised by the two brothers will help to feed and look after the animals staying at the RSPCA York Animals Home, and to rescue animals which may be in danger in the York area and brought into the home.

Isaac and Ruari have raised over £500 for the Animal Home so far.

The animal home is reliant on fundraisers such as this as their charity shops are closed and events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Isaac is in Year 7 at Millthorpe School, while Ruari attends Carr Junior School.

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Further information on the RSPCA York Animal Home can be found at: