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Blue Cross reports highest ever week of sales for charity shops following reopening
Blue Cross' charity shops help raise funds for thousands of unwanted, abandoned and sick pets each year.

Charity raises thousands for pets in need as lockdown measures lift.

Blue Cross is celebrating a record week of sales since its charity shops re-opened on Monday 12 April, revealing that the stores were as busy during the week as they are during the pre-Christmas period.

Blue Cross has 54 shops spread across the UK. Last week brought with it an almost 30 per cent growth on revenue through shop sales, with customers spending more than £120,000. On the first day alone, Blue Cross' charity shops raised more than £35,000.

David Palmer, retail operations manager at Blue Cross said: “We are absolutely delighted to see a record week of sales. Our retail team worked tirelessly to make sure the shops were ready and were excited to welcome back visitors and supporters who came to browse and buy the quality pre-loved items we have for sale.”

The charity shops help Blue Cross to raise funds for thousands of unwanted, abandoned and sick pets each year. The charity is urging pet lovers across the country to support its work by volunteering their time or good quality items of clothing, furniture, toys, and more.

As a result of Government guidelines around COVID-19, Blue Cross asks anyone wishing to make a donation to any of its charity shops to that make an appointment beforehand and wear a face covering when inside the shops.

Image (c) Blue Cross.

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Budding 'Dr Dolittles' sought for writing competition

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 Vets are being invited to enter a writing competition run by the Page Turner Awards for a chance to get their story published or even made into a film.

Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of writing awards, the Page Turner competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to submit unpublished fiction and non-fiction work to be read by a panel of influential players in the publishing industry.

A spokesperson said: 'Do you think of yourself as a magical healer, like Dr Dolittle. Or maybe you have a story to share about the times when, sadly, animals can't be treated, and pet owners reflect on those moments they took for granted."

For more information, visit pageturnerawards.com 

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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