Three year old twins Walter and Matilda Chenery enjoy getting close to one of the animals. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-210409-172716008

Success for South Downs animal sanctuary ‘September Spectacular’

Crowds enjoyed a chance to get up close and personal to the animals at a South Downs sanctuary during a ‘September Spectacular’ at the weekend.

By Sarah Page
Monday, 6th September 2021, 11:36 am

It was all part of a major fundraising event at the ABC animal sanctuary in West Chiltington which was founded by the late actress Alexandra Bastedo.

Hundreds of people flocked to the event - the first held at the sanctuary, which cares for a range of abandoned or unwanted animals, since the start of the pandemic.

Volunteers were left heartbroken last week when vandals destroyed signs advertising the event.

But the event itself proved a huge success with crowds enjoying a chance to see a parade of the animls, along with a range of stalls, food and live music from Bustin A Groove.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said trustee Cheryl Tofield-Cook. “We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather and everybody seemed to have a good time.

“So many people came to support us - we can’t thank them enough.”

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