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Cash boost for caring hospice

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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
Cash boost for caring hospice
HELPING THE HELPLESS . . . Alexis Fleming started the hospice after she was unable to be with her late dog Maggie while she passed away

AN animal hospice in the region has just received a £1000 grant to help fund its work.

The Maggie Fleming Animal Hospice near Kirkcudbright gives lifelong and end-of-life care to terminally-ill companion and farmed animals who have otherwise been abandoned in the final stages of their lives.

Made up of hens, cockerels pigs, cats, dogs, quail, turkeys and sheep, the hospice houses over 150 different animals and counting.

The grant is a part of the Movement for Good Awards, courtesy of the Benefact Group. Every year for the fifth year running, the group selects 150 charities across Scotland to give grants of £1000 each and has donated almost £200 million to charitable causes since 2014.

Thanking supporters in Scotland, Mark Hews, from the Benefact Group, said: “We know that £1000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Alexis Fleming, owner of the hospice, said: “It was really exciting when we found out the news. I got the email at about half three in the morning, but it was quite a shock.

“I named the hospice after my late dog Maggie who passed away in 2015. I wanted to create a home for other animal folk who find themselves in need of a friend and home as their lives wind down, and I didn’t want to name it after myself.

“The money we get from the grant will be used to re-stock our shops, and I’m thankful for such a generous donation.”


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