Computer drive saves animal charity a packet

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Mountains Animal Sanctuary has received new computers following an appeal by the ‘Dispatch’ and ‘Herald’.

The struggling charity had appealed for people who had updated their own equipment to donate their old ones rather than throwing them away. The new equipment will allow them to computerise their records more quickly.

Two generous readers obliged and have saved the sanctuary over £700, which can now be spent of the animals in their care.

Senior groom Dave Udale said: “We got a phone call not long after the article appeared in the ‘Dispatch’ and the chap said he had a system which was a couple of years old but he hadn’t used it in 12 months because he’d bought a new laptop and was that what we were looking for?

“He then said that his uncle also had a computer that he didn’t need and offered to bring that up as well.

“So we got two computers from one phone call as a result of the article – it’s amazing!”

The charity has also benefited from a generous offer from South Esk Logs who have said they can supply the sanctuary with wood shavings for use in the stables – free of charge.

A spokesperson for South Esk Logs said: “We are delighted to be able to support Mountains Animal Sanctuary. This is a waste product for us so we are delighted that we can help them and at the same time it helps us get rid of it.

“We are a new business, we started in November. We read about the sanctuary and thought it would be good to help them out and support a worthwhile cause.”

Mountains Animal Sanctuary is still in need of donations, either cash, animal feed or computer equipment, to help them look after the animals in their care. Anyone who can help should contact the sanctuary directly on 01356 650258.