Posties hail 'amazing' efforts to save injured Ukrainian animals

Animal-loving postie Di Holden, and Siven Cook, owner of Pets Paradise with week one's donations.

Animal-loving postie Di Holden, and Siven Cook, owner of Pets Paradise with week one's donations. - Credit: Tony Miles

The generosity of Norfolk people has once again shone through following an outpouring of support for animals caught in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Posties of Fakenham - a fundraising group of postmen and women - have been astounded by the level of donations to its appeal in conjunction with shop Pets Paradise in Fakenham and Pride Animal Rescue charity in Diss.

The latter organisation is transporting much-needed items to a network of charities in Europe based variously in Romania, Poland and Ukraine.

The charity is then returning with animals needing rehoming.

Tony Miles, head of the Posties of Fakenham said the group wanted to do something that would make the biggest difference.

After researching he found that apart from some one-off collections, there was much being done in his local area to help animals.

All the donations from Pets paradise are labelled for ease of identification.

All the donations from Pets paradise are labelled for ease of identification. - Credit: Tony Miles

Mr Miles said: “We really didn’t think we’d have such an amazing response, but we are completely overwhelmed with the support.

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“Around 500kg of items have already been sent to Pride, which is our collection point, ranging from leads to carry cages and everything in between.

10 yorks of donations for the Postie of Fakenham's appeal, totally around 500kg, donated.

10 yorks of donations for the Postie of Fakenham's appeal, totally around 500kg, donated. - Credit: Tony Miles

“We wouldn't be able to do it without everyone that is playing a part in the efforts – whether donating, sorting or transporting."

The posties' employers, Royal Mail, is fully backing the effort.

The site at Fakenham is taking donations on a weekly basis, while colleagues at Diss are then ensuring the items are dropped off at the sorting hub of the Pride charity shop.

Manager of Pets Paradise, Siven Cook added: “We really wanted to help out, mainly because of our passion for animals.

Animal-loving postie Di Holden, and Siven Cook, owner of Pets Paradise with week one's donations.

Animal-loving postie Di Holden, and Siven Cook, owner of Pets Paradise with week one's donations. - Credit: Tony Miles

“Seeing people leaving personal belongings for the animals, for me, I would do the same.”

The posties are working to keep its “most needed” list up-to-date on Facebook, but it’s very difficult as things are changing quite quickly

They’ve held back on certain things since the initial plea, but the one thing that really is of urgency, is basic medical supplies, such as bandages.

Bags filled from the Postie of Fakenham's appeal, and ready to go.

Bags filled from the Postie of Fakenham's appeal, and ready to go. - Credit: Tony Miles

They also say cat supplies are in short supply – carriers, collars and harnesses especially.

If you are able to donate, these can be dropped off at Pets Paradise, Unit 3, Hempton Road, Fakenham, NR21 7LA