Firwood School kids give goody bags to Bolton Destitute Animal Centre

The Bolton News: Leeanne Jenkins, kennel assistant at the Destitute Animal Centre, receives gifts for the animals from Firwood School pupils, from left,  Darcy Taziker, aged 12, T J Redpath, Ibrahim Abad, Nathan Russell and David Cooke, all aged 11 Leeanne Jenkins, kennel assistant at the Destitute Animal Centre, receives gifts for the animals from Firwood School pupils, from left, Darcy Taziker, aged 12, T J Redpath, Ibrahim Abad, Nathan Russell and David Cooke, all aged 11

KINDHEARTED youngsters at Firwood School generously donated a number of goody bags to Bolton Destitute Animal Centre.

Year Seven teacher, Sharon Cooper, was driven to do something charitable after seeing a stray dog wandering around on its own one morning on her way to work.

She asked teachers and pupils to help her collect items to donate to the shelter — and they accumulated six big bin bags filled with toys and food, as well as a hamper from her friend, Bernie Rushton, who runs Golden Brown Tanning Studio in Blackburn Road.

The animal centre is a rescue charity dedicated to caring for lost, stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Bolton.

Ms Cooper said: “I’m so pleased we managed to collect so many items to donate to such a good cause.

“I first got the idea one day after driving into work and seeing a dog all alone on the street. It upset me and I thought that no animals should be left alone to fend for themselves.

“By the time I’d got to work I’d decided I wanted to do something about it, and with the help of all the teachers and pupils we managed to donate six large bin bags full of food and toys for the shelter, along with a big hamper from my friend Bernie.”

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