Customers aid animal shelter plans

PUBLISHED: 11:44 07 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

PET RESCUE: Tesco Royston store manager Stuart Ayres hands over a cheque to Wood Green Animal Shelter chief executive Dennis Baker at Heydon. DANIEL WILSON 2561DW05

PET RESCUE: Tesco Royston store manager Stuart Ayres hands over a cheque to Wood Green Animal Shelter chief executive Dennis Baker at Heydon. DANIEL WILSON 2561DW05

WOOD GREEN Animal Shelter plans to redevelop its Heydon site using money raised at the Tesco store in Royston. Representatives from Tesco presented a cheque for £1,031 to Dennis Baker, chief executive of Wood Green, at a ceremony last week. South Cambrid

WOOD GREEN Animal Shelter plans to redevelop its Heydon site using money raised at the Tesco store in Royston.

Representatives from Tesco presented a cheque for £1,031 to Dennis Baker, chief executive of Wood Green, at a ceremony last week.

South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley and Royston's mayor Cllr Peter Lill attended the event.

Mr Baker said: "We're planning changes in two stages.

"In the short-term, we want to replace the current wooden cat houses with new plastic ones.

"Some of them are probably 30 years old, so it's about time they were upgraded.

"Then in the longer term we want to completely redevelop the site, but that will obviously take some time and quite a lot more money.

"Wood Green gets no Government funding and no Lottery grants, so we rely entirely on donations like this."

Stuart Ayres, store manager at Tesco Royston, said that the money came entirely from customers of the store.

"Every year we pick several charities to raise money for, and this year Wood Green is one of those.

We've had collection tins on the tills and our customers have given very generously."

Kath Holt, customer service manager at Tesco Royston said: "This is an ongoing campaign to raise funds for Wood Green, and we want to get another £1,000 as soon as possible.

"We would also like to encourage people to donate tins of animal food using the collection box outside our store.

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