Fancy dress funds boost

Lion is Laura Tozer and black cat is event organiser Jenna Howard
Lion is Laura Tozer and black cat is event organiser Jenna Howard
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FANCY dress fundraisers are running up a fabulous total in aid of an arson-hit animal sanctuary.

More than 60 residents who donned their running shoes have raised more than £1,000 for Easterleigh sanctuary on Queensway.

It looked more like a mass escape from the zoo along Blackpool Promenade as lions, mice and wolves took part in an animal-themed sponsored walk.

Jenna Howard, from St Annes, organised the event following the devastating fire which killed more than 20 animals and left the sanctuary facing a huge repair bill.

The 21-year-old, of Clifton Drive, said: “It was a good turn out and everyone made a great effort with the costumes. We raised more than £1,000, I’m really happy.”

Fire ripped through Easterleigh in the early hours of March 23. Fire also broke out at a domestic garage on Church Road, a Volkswagen van on Clarendon Road and Fylde Scout headquarters on Heyhouses Lane.

Miss Howard added: “People were really upset about what happened. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part in the event.

“I’d also like to thank Sainsbury’s for donating water.”

Mandy Leigh, owner of the sanctuary, said she is hoping to re-open the centre to the public as soon as possible.

She said: “It’s so nice for people to raise this money for the sanctuary. As soon as we’re given the go ahead from the workmen to say everything is OK, we’ll re-open.”

Karl Heaton, 22, of Smithy Lane, St Annes, and a 17-year-old from Blackpool were charged with four counts of arson and one count of attempted arson.