Somerset Co-operative Food Store Raises £500 for Local Animal Sanctuary


Staff at Co-operative Food in Yeovil raised an amazing £500 for Ferne Animal Sanctuary in just two days by running a raffle and cake stall at their branch.

Matt Charlton, Store Manager, chose to raise the money for Ferne as his family adopted a spaniel called Ruby from the Sanctuary about a year ago. The fundraiser was very well received by the Co-operative customers.

Matt said: “Our fundraiser was such a success thanks to our wonderful customers in the Westfield area. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support we received for such a worthy cause.”

Sharon Pavey, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Ferne Animal Sanctuary said: “Thank you to all the marvellous staff at the Co-op in Yeovil for this spectacular achievement. Community support like this ensures we can give excellent care to the 300 animals living at Ferne plus the hundreds of dogs, cats and horses we find homes for every year in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a registered Charity open to the public all year round, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. They rely solely on donations and urgently need volunteers. To find out how to volunteer and learn more about all their upcoming events including their 75th Anniversary Ball on 19th September at Woodlands Castle, Taunton, please visit or call 01460 65214

Photo L-R: Matt Charlton, Store Manager with staff Michelle Brown and Jane Hopkins; Sharon Pavey, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Ferne Animal Sanctuary