Andrea Jenkyns raises cash for The Doris Banham Dog Rescue charity

Andrea Jenkyns of Kirton presenting �235 to Chris Whippey of Doris Banham Dog Rescue of Coningsby, at Kirton Leisure Centre.

Andrea Jenkyns of Kirton presenting �235 to Chris Whippey of Doris Banham Dog Rescue of Coningsby, at Kirton Leisure Centre.

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A CHANCE meeting in Boston’s Pets at Home store led animal lover Andrea Jenkyns to organise a fundraising concert for a dog rescue charity.

And the concert, held in Kirton Leisure Centre, raised £235 for The Doris Banham Dog Rescue charity.

Andrea told The Standard: “I went into the store in Boston and spoke to someone who was collecting money for the dog rescue charity.

“A branch of the charity, based in Coningsby, fosters dogs out in the Boston area until they can find permanent homes for them. It is all run by volunteers and they have more than 150 dogs in their care.

“As a vegan and animal lover I was horrified to learn any stray dogs which are found by the council or police are destroyed after seven days if no-one claims them.”

Andrea added: “I decided to raise money for the charity by organising a concert. I was one of several Boston area singers who took part with performers’ ages ranging from seven to 70.”

Doris Banham was a dedicated animal lover throughout her life who died in November 2001.

In June of the following year her daughter, Trudie James, decided to honour her life and dedication to animals by establishing The Doris Banham Sanctuary.

The charity was set up to help all animals, but as volunteers became increasingly aware of the destruction of unclaimed dogs in dog pounds, they vowed to help them.

The charity has developed to provide an essential life saving rescue service for these forgotten dogs.

It is a non-profit organisation which relies totally on fundraising and donations.

The charity has shops in Horncastle and North Hykeham.

l For more details visit www.dogsos.co.uk.