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12 Days of Christmas Charity Giveaway 2016: Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

On the tenth day of Christmas Animal Friends donated to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary!


Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary is one of the largest of its kind in the North West of England. It now boasts a 55-acre site in Edenfield near Ramsbottom, Lancashire and is uniquely positioned to cover a wide geographical area stretching across Lancashire to the Pennines and down in to Greater Manchester. Bleakholt is under constant development so as to be able to provide the very best possible care for the many animals currently residing with them.


The Bleakholt site has steadily been expanding and improving over the years with help of amazing donations. Additions to the site have included a block of heated catteries and heated kennels. Bleakholt have purpose built stables and on 1999 saw the opening of a cat and kitten building. The site even has its own dog hospital, where the are able to provide minor treatments and an appropriate environment.

Last year Animal friends donated a staggering £10,000.00 to Bleakholt where their vice president Gemma Atkinson was on hand to receive the cheque on their behalf.

Our tenth 12 days of Christmas donation is to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary for:



Like last year, Gemma was happy again to accept the cheque on Bleakholt’s behalf. We had an amazing tour of the new training area that last years donation went towards. This training area is so incredibly important as it is a safe area that the trainers and behaviorists can work with the dogs, before this was built the same training exercises were being carried out in the car park. Both myself and my colleague Ben were given an amazing tour of Bleakholt with Gemma and got to meet all the amazing furry residents from dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, donkeys, horses and even some chickens!


 As always, we can’t thank our policy holders enough for continuing to use Animal Friends, as without you we would not be able to make such amazing donations. For more on Bleakholt, watch the short video below showing our amazing trip with Gemma Attkinson!

If you want to find out more or see what Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary are up to,  give them a follow on Twitter, Facebook or go check out their website.

Merry Christmas to all at the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary!

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Hello, fellow animal lovers! I’m Elena, and I take care of social media for Animal Friends Insurance. I’m here to share the latest on animal welfare, our charity work and pet care. I foster and adopt rabbits and have a rescue dog called Luna.