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KNOWLE-based animal sanctuary Heronfield is due to get a makeover thanks to Lloyds TSB’s Make a Difference scheme.

Heronfield, owned by Mitch Withey and wife Leonie, has been caring for injured wild animals and birds or unwanted pets for over 25 years.

Heronfield, owned by Mitch Withey and wife Leonie, has been caring for injured wild animals and birds or unwanted pets for over 25 years.

But with 300 mouths to feed, from rabbits and birds, to horses and snakes, keeping their furry friends happy has not been easy for the couple.

“The winter months are the hardest,” said Mitch. “In the summer we have visitors and school trips who pay to come and see us which helps cover vets bills but prices keep rising. The food bill alone for last week cost £173.

“At the moment, people are getting rid of animals and no one is taking them on. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, we don’t get any grants but the local community has always supported what we do.”

Now 35 volunteers from Coventry Lloyds TSB will visit the sanctuary on May 26 as part of their Day to Make a Difference to carry out repairs, create aviaries and a wildlife area as well as improve signage, painting and cementing.

Senior manager and day organiser Sarah Kinsella, said: “This is the biggest project we’ve done. But both Mitch and his wife work so hard, everyone in their local community knows about them. Their whole livelihood goes into saving injured and unwanted animals.

“I thought we could really help them make a difference.”

Lloyds TSB have given £300, with a further £341 from branch staff, towards tools and materials with any cash left over to be donated to Heronfield.

For more information, visit www.heronfieldark.org.uk.

 

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