Rescue hit by tornado receives over £5,000 towards repairs

After severe weather in parts of mid-Wales and the Midlands last Thursday (17 November), the clean-up operation is underway to repair the damage left behind.

Grinshill Animal Rescue Centre, near Shrewsbury, suffered significant damage after a tree fell on their roof, destroying it and sending debris into the kennels below. Fortunately, none of the dogs were hurt and - though traumatised - have all been moved into safer accommodation whilst staff and volunteers look to repair the damage.

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Jenny Martinez, from the rescue, said, "A large oak tree fell on top of the roof and into some the kennels. Luckily, the dogs were in their bedding area and no one was hurt, but they were quite traumatised and were barking. We've moved them into different kennels and doubled up in some."

A JustGiving page was immediately set up in the hopes of raising £2,500 to repair the damage as quickly as possible, but thanks to the generosity of animal lovers, staff reached their target in just a few hours.

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Kate Aspinall from the rescue posted photos of the damage to Facebook and said in a post, "We have been so truly overwhelmed with all your amazing support, generosity and kindness with donations so far having totalled a staggering £5,480 in less than 24hours through just giving, our website and donations in person today!! Also we have had so many offers of help I am sorry if i have missed anyone's comments and not replied back we want to thank you all for all you have offered."

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The flooded track to the centre has limited their access

In addition to donations, volunteers have come forward to help with the difficult task of removing the tree and debris so repairs can begin. The centre is situated along a narrow dirt track which has also suffered flooding due to the recent bad weather, making getting materials and volunteers to and from the rescue a difficult task.

Jenny adds, "RAF Shawbury volunteered to help take the rest of the roof off and will be coming back today to help with more clearing. Steelforce UK have also volunteered to help with repairs. We're in the middle of no where, off a small track which is making things difficult. It will be slow but we'll get there and at least it's stopped raining!"