North Street Dental to help animal sanctuary

It’s that time of year when along with the early festive frivolity, there are the perennial dress-up days to help raise money for good causes.

Not to be outdone, community-spirited North Street Dental is due to be visited by an extraordinary Christmas Fairy on Thursday, December 15 as part of a fundraiser for Brockswood (Cotwall End) Animal Sanctuary.

We intend to keep you guessing, so if you want to know which big-hearted member of staff is donning the tutu, glitter tights, tinsel and wings, you’ll have to drop in to see for yourself.

Brockswood animal sanctuary - goat

Brockswood animal sanctuary

Laugh and enjoy a mince pie with us

Be warned . . . You may end up crying with laughter. Oh, and of course, you’ll be welcome to a mince pie.

But for the privilege of splitting your sides with laughter, we would ask you to make a small donation to our chosen charity.

Who knows, you might get a chance to see a few elves, Rudolf, Mrs Claus and perhaps someone posing as Father Christmas . . . Or, one or two of those garish Christmas jumpers that are hidden away in the bottom of the wardrobe.

Our target is to raise £300 to help fund construction of winter housing for rescued animals.

The fancy dress characters have all been randomly drawn out of a hat, so there are sure to be some howlers.

North Street Dental fancy dress draw

The North Street Dental staff draw lots for fancy dress characters

Non-profit making enterprise

Brockswood is a non-profit making company, with all profits used to care for rescued animals and maintain and improve the site.

And as well as a rescue centre, the site is being developed to provide a natural haven for British wildlife.

Set in the beautiful Cotwall End valley, adjacent to the Cotwall End Nature Reserve, it consists of 16 acres on the former site of Cotwall End House.

The former Cotwall End animal sanctuary was taken over by Brockswood Animal Sanctuary in 2005.

There has been an animal facility in one form or another on the site for many years, but sadly over time, they had slipped into disrepair.

Brockswood animal sanctuary - horse

Winter season closing

The new owners knew it would be a massive project and still have several more years of development planned.

Already fences have been repaired, water supplies have been replaced, new drainage systems constructed, the buildings rewired and pathways restored.

Currently closed for the winter season, it will open its doors to the public again on April 8, next year.

Work, however, continues all year round.

Situated at the bottom of Catholic Lane, Sedgley, there are dozens of animals on the farm – goats, owls, ponies, sheep, pigs, foxes, a donkey and a racoon.

North Street Dental staff charity fancy dress

The results of the fancy dress draw!

Education and a fun time for kids

For those with children, it’s a great adventure getting close up to nature and learning about the ‘residents’ from the well-informed staff.

The Brockswood website says that once over the threshold “you will think you are in the middle of the English countryside, despite being just ten minutes’ drive from the centre of Dudley or Wolverhampton.”

Go on, have a laugh at us . . .

Don’t miss out on a bit of festive fun with us and at the same time support a worthy project that’s right on our doorstep.

If you wish to know more about the Brockswood project, visit their website.