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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary - A visit from X Factor singer Leona Lewis, new arrivals and a beloved snail returns home

PUBLISHED: 17:09 05 December 2018

Singers James Arthur and Leona Lewis in their Christmas jumpers which are being sold to raise money for the charity. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Singers James Arthur and Leona Lewis in their Christmas jumpers which are being sold to raise money for the charity. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary's Sophie Kemp delves into the charity's jam-packed week.

Crunch and his fellow snails. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryCrunch and his fellow snails. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

It’s been a much busier week at the sanctuary!

Our Christmas Fete took place on Saturday, December 1, and despite the miserable weather, we still managed to raise £2,000. This is a great amount of money, especially during the winter when we need it the most.

We’d like to thank everyone who came along and helped to make the day a success.

Our amazing trustee Leona Lewis, will be at the sanctuary this Saturday, December 8, between 12pm - 4pm!

Romeo the lovebird. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryRomeo the lovebird. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

She’ll be selling our exclusive range of Christmas jumpers (and signing them if you wish!), as well as sponsorship packs, which make perfect Christmas gifts.

Be sure to come along and meet her!

We recently had a number of new additions to our large, mixed, flight aviary.

Cockatiels. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryCockatiels. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Budgies, cockatiels, ring-necks and a very handsome lovebird called Romeo, have joined our existing flock.

Four of them came from a local gentleman whose aviary fell into disrepair and he worried about them whenever he wasn’t at home, and the rest came from another rescue who wanted them to go to a good aviary home rather than end up caged indoors.

In October, you may recall that one of our Giant African Land Snails, Crunch, was stolen from his tank at the sanctuary, and we appealed for his safe return.

After several weeks we had given up hope of seeing him again, but at the end of last week, Crunch was found back in his vivarium!

We are ecstatic to have him back safe and sound, and would like to thank the person who took him for being decent and honest in returning him to us.

Our snail family also grew with the addition of Hayley and Bailey, who came after the young owner had lost interest in them. We’ve had a number of calls to take snails in the recent weeks and it’s important to remember that they can live for up to 10 years - they’re not as small of a commitment as people think!

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