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Kirkleatham Owl Centre due to reopen after being devastated by flooding
AN owl centre that was forced to close its doors due to severe flooding is due to re-open during the half term holidays thanks the efforts of community supporters.
Kirkleatham Owl Centre suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage and lost several birds when it was deluged in September.
Now after weeks of hard work the centre will reopen next week.
Centre manager Craig Wesson said: “We still have work to do, including some big building projects to be carried out over the winter, but we are ready to reopen.
“The centre received huge support from the local community including supplies of animal feed and cleaning equipment.
''It was overwhelming the level of support we received - it made you realise just how much people cared about the owl centre.
“For more than 20 years, the Owl Centre had been a hugely popular visitor attraction and resource for both the local community and tourists and has never suffered flooding before, and everyone is hoping it was a one off, and even though the centre was closed to the public, it continued to carry out rehabilitation work with sick and injured wildlife.
“In the days after the flood we were inundated with wild animals that had been affected by the bad weather - hedgehogs, doves and owls - it was a busy time.
“We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with supplies and to our incredible group of volunteers without whom we simply couldn't run.”
Sainsbury’s staff and customers were just one of the organization that raised funds for the centre and today they handed over a cheque after raising money at one of its Redcar stores.
(CORR)Kath Donoghue, who organised the fundraiser at the store, said: “I saw pictures of the damaged was caused at the centre and we decided that we would raise as much money for it as possible. We are not in an affluent area and people are able to walk there and enjoy the facilities, so raising more than £200 was brilliant.”
The centre reopens on Tuesday, October 29. For more information about the half term events call 01642-480512.
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