So many helped collection for dogs

SIR - Thank you for printing my letter asking people to donate blankets and gifts for homeless dogs this Christmas. The response was amazing. I was genuinely delighted and surprised at the amount of donations that poured in - much of which was simply l

SIR - Thank you for printing my letter asking people to donate blankets and gifts for homeless dogs this Christmas. The response was amazing.

I was genuinely delighted and surprised at the amount of donations that poured in - much of which was simply left in my porch, garage and on the doorstep from unknown donors.

I would like to give a big "thank you" to all these people and say how much they have restored my faith in human nature. Clearly, once again, the people of North Devon have proved how generous they really are and that we are still, despite everything, a nation of animal lovers.

We only gave ourselves just two weeks for this collection and I was truly astonished at the brand new goods that came in. I would like to thank Duncan from The Westleigh Inn for lending us his van at the last minute when we realized we couldn't cope with the quantities involved and took in two van loads.


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Many thanks also to Jon, Linda and Adam Craze (Westleigh) for their donations and to Adam's Employers - Vital Pet Food Supplies Limited, North Tawton, Exeter who have very kindly offered to make a regular food donation to the Dogs Trust.

Many thanks also to Mrs Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Fieldhouse; (all from Yelland); Tanya from Instow & her Mum; Barbara and Dennis from Westleigh; Mrs. Alcock from Fremington; Derry Hodgson from South Molton; Mr. & Mrs. Petty from Northam; Lorraine May from Bucks Cross who gave so much.

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Special thanks to Becki Worthe who was so enthusiastic and did her own collection in Barnstaple; took in a car load and is going to be such a great help when we start actually raising funds for the homeless dogs in the New Year. Anyone who would like to help with our "X Factor Animal Charity Event" in the coming months - please give me a ring (01271-860989).

Last but not least - a very special "thank you" to all the pupils at Sticklepath Community School and their teacher Sam Warner who have done such splendid work for The Dogs Trust. It was a real pleasure to collect their fine contribution.

I have been asked many times whether I will be doing this next year? How could we not? Next year we will start and finish earlier to avoid some of the Christmas chaos. Oops, nearly forgot.... not being a driver - many thanks to my chauffeur, Jim, who took me out in all weathers and very icy conditions to collect .... and of course to the local press who, without their help, these sort of things could not happen.

Joanne Bell, Yelland

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