Animal saviour Barby Keel is recovering at home after having surgery for breast cancer – but is already focused on raising money to continue her work.
The inspirational 85-year-old, who has looked after abused and unwanted animals for almost 50 years, expressed thanks for the letters, cards and donations received.
But she emphasised that the Covid-19 pandemic has meant the sanctuary that bears her name will miss out on a crucial £50,000 in revenue.
A statement issued on her behalf said: “It’s not been a good year with the shop closed, no open day and no Xmas bazarr, but we are fighters and will come through this with our amazing supporters.”
Barby has also thanked her “motley crue” who kept the sanctuary running smoothly as well as friends that have been there during her 12 year battle with cancer.
She also paid tribute to the medical attention received.
“Barby would like to thank all those at the hospital for the excellent care and attention,” added the statement. “She would also like to say how clean everywhere is and if anyone is worried about going into hospital to put their minds at rest. It really is a safe place.”
Barby has been rehoming abused, abandoned and unwanted animals since 1971. When this isn’t possible, they are given a permanent home at the sanctuary.
If you’d like to help then all the information on how you can donate or adopt/sponsor an animal can be found on the charity’s website.