Recycle Your Stamps and Give To A Good Cause

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton visited St. Francis Animal Welfare near Eastleigh in December and toured the charity’s facilities with manager Helen Kerris Shaw.

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As well as hearing about the plight of animals who are left at the centre to be rehomed, Mike donated boxes of used printer cartridges and stamps collected in his constituency office. St. Francis’s is able to exchange these for funds which can be used to support its charity work.

Mike said: "It was good to visit St Francis before Christmas and see first hand the brilliant work that they do to rehouse homeless animals in Eastleigh.

"I was glad to be able to donate used stamps and print cartridges to such a worthy cause and would encourage everyone to look around their homes and offices for anything they might be able to spare."

Helen Kerris Shaw, the Centre’s Manager, said: "We welcome all donations and can take pet food and treats, bedding and toys etc. for use with our animals. We can also take bric-a-brac, books and new items for selling at events – we rely entirely on our own fundraising so this is a big help to all of our residents.

"We’re grateful to Mike for bringing us so many stamps and empty print cartridges that his office has stored up. We exchange these for funds, so we’d love it if people could bring in their own from work or home."

The charity rehomes on average 130 cats and 70 dogs per year, but with limited space and resources there are always animals waiting to be given a space. It a registered charity (no: 263172) based at Sunnyside Cottage, Mortimer's Lane, Eastleigh in Hampshire. They gladly

welcome any donations - these can be accepted with thanks any daytime at the shelter. http://www.stfrancisanimalwelfare.co.uk/

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