TOWIE star and RSPCA ambassador Pete Wicks provided some Christmas cheer for Yorkshire based Thornberry Animal Sanctuary through a festive charity live stream.
The event was streamed from the Gala Bingo’s Facebook page and saw TOWIE favourite Pete Wicks and Love Island’s Maria Wilds playing Christmas-themed games to raise money for the charity. The two-hour live stream attracted more than 11,000 viewers who got to see Pete play the games alongside some of the rescue dogs at the animal sanctury.
The reality stars were also joined by volunteers from the sanctuary as they dished out great prizes to viewers, such as restaurant vouchers, Christmas hampers with one lucky watcher claiming a £500 shopping voucher.
The whole event was a great success and raised £6,800 for the animal sanctuary as part of its Christmas campaign at an important time of year for animal shelters.
Ged Jenkins-Omar, Thornberry’s Fundraising & Marketing Manager, said:
“We tend to see an increase in dogs coming into the sanctuary in January, however we also see an increase a few months later when people realise how difficult and time consuming their new pet can be.”
“Our policy is non-judgemental and we never shame people who bring in their animals to the sanctuary – after all, if you can’t look after your pet for whatever reason, the most responsible thing is to bring it to a place where it can get the care it deserves whilst we find them a more suitable home.”
Karina Adrian, Head of Brand Marketing at Gala Bingo, said, “We wanted to support a small charity with our Christmas campaign and we were delighted to work with Pete Wicks and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary to bring awareness to this important cause.
“We’re so thrilled with how well the livestream went. A huge thank you is in order for Ged and the Thornberry team for all their hard work during the livestream and throughout the year, looking after vulnerable animals. Thank you to Pete Wicks too, and especially to all the generous people who donated to this great cause!”
The Thornberry Animal Sanctuary in Sheffield has rescued thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits and horses for more than 30 years. The registered charity houses animals that require care, deal with any medical and behavioural issues, whilst matching pets with forever homes.
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If you want to adopt, donate or help the Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, you can visit them here.