Animal charity needs support

Brian Sullivan is appealing for help for the Willow Tree animal sanctuary following death of founder Pamela Townsend. Picture Mark Westley ANL-151215-130214009
Brian Sullivan is appealing for help for the Willow Tree animal sanctuary following death of founder Pamela Townsend. Picture Mark Westley ANL-151215-130214009

An animal charity is in desperate need of support following the death of its founder.

Pamela Townsend BEM, who set up the Willow Tree Sanctuary for Animal Welfare, died on May 17, 2014.

Since then the animal sanctuary based in Gainsford End near Toppesfield, has been run by a loyal group of volunteers.

However, the charity, which looks after a range of animals, is now in limbo and desperately requires funding to carry out the work it does.

Trustee Christine Drain said: “It has never been the policy of the Sanctuary to ask for help but regrettably, Miss Townsend did not leave a will and the heart-rending fact is that we have been left with 19 dogs and five horses.”

The sanctuary has recently found new homes for three of the dogs and four goats which were also being looked after.

Mrs Drain added: “As you can imagine these are very uncertain times for us and we are trying to fundraise to help us continue the sterling work carried out by our founder for over 40 years.

“We are in limbo; uncertain territory - our animals are all unwanted or strays, some are difficult but it is not their fault they have been left in this situation and we are committed to do our very best for them all.”

Already Sudbury based Clarks Archive Storage has come in to support the sanctuary, offering to sponsor £100 a month starting from January.

Brian Sullivan, a supporter and contributor to the charity, said: “The sanctuary would like to thank them for what they have done.

“The charity is in dire straits to be honest. Hopefully we can get more support to keep it going for the animals.

“I’m an animal lover. When you have animals they are like your family.

“We need to make people aware of this.”

To donate to the registered charity or for more information on the work the sanctuary carries out, call 01787 237828.