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The Great Bleakholt Bake Off!

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Calling all Bakers! Open Day - 23 April 2017 Bleakholt will again be hosting the Great Bleakholt Bake Off competition. This event is always hugely popular and we have had lots of stunning entries over [...]

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Dog Assessment Unit Opens!

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

The official Opening of our new Dog Assessment and Evaluation Unit by our VP Gemma Atkinson, took place on Saturday 18th February 2017. We were able to convert our old puppy unit thanks to a [...]

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Bleakholt Black Tie Ball!

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Celebrating 60 years of Bleakholt - Diamond Anniversary 2017! GEMMA ATKINSON, our Vice President, invites you to the: Bleakholt Black Tie Ball On SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017 A FOUR course meal will be served followed [...]

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Great Manchester 10K Run 2017

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017 We have once again secured 25 places for runners to take part in this annual event and Run 4 Bleakholt! This has been an amazing fundraiser for us for the past [...]

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Animal Friends surprise us at Christmas

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Animals Friends proved they are true pals of Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary when they handed over a cheque for £10,000 as a Christmas present on 9 December. The Pet Insurance company donated a cheque for £10,000 [...]

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Charity Shop Volunteers Urgently Needed!

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Fundraising for our animals New Charity Shop at 23 Princess Parade, Millgate Shopping Centre, Bury Officially opened Saturday 17 September 2016 We have worked hard to open our new Charity Shop, but we still need your help! [...]

Fundraising for the future

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Ted Robbins & Gemma Atkinson about Bleakholt

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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Home Visitors wanted

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Can you spare a few hours each week to help our animals get new homes? We carry out a home visit for all our animals as part of our adoption process. We are looking for [...]

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Official Opening of our Dog Assessment Unit

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

The official Opening of our new Dog Assessment and Evaluation Unit will take place on Saturday 18th February 2017 at the Sanctuary site at 1 p.m. We are proud to announce that the refurbished unit [...]

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Arena chit-chat

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Our new (recently completed) Equine Arena is going down a storm with our residents. The Arena is in use every day and we are continuing to see the benefits for our animals.  Our amazing team [...]

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Shelters Completed before Christmas!

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

The alterations to the front and back dog kennels were completed on schedule before Christmas. The new temporary structures will give extra protection to our residents - and to our dedicated staff team, making it [...]

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Your Christmas gifts to our animals

December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

A massive thank you to all our supporters who dropped off presents for our Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The response was incredible and the pics don’t even show all the gifts! Our VP Gemma Atkinson said, [...]

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BBC Radio Manchester broadcasts from Bleakholt

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

We were very fortunate on September 24th as Radio Manchester hosted their Saturday morning live show, from 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon at Bleakholt. We were delighted to welcome them and thrilled that they wanted [...]

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Tesco & Direct Line Group join in the fundraising

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

We never cease to be amazed by the support shown to us, whether that is from making a donation however big or small, or from fundraising and you all mean so much to us. We never tire [...]

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Our animals do the funniest things

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Our residents never cease to amaze us and make us laugh — just when you thought you’d seen it all. But during the course of a day, it has to be said, there can be many [...]

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Bleakholt thanks business community

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s a big year next year as Bleakholt will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary! We will be running a ‘Diamond Campaign’ with many events for supporters and businesses alike. We will be launching an ambitious [...]

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Celebrating with Wesley Methodist Primary School

December 13th, 2016|0 Comments

The pic (from left) shows Bleakholt Vice President Gemma Atkinson, Chair of Governors at Wesley Tom King, Head teacher Mike Lonsdale, Wesley's Stacey Toth and Bleakholt Chair, Vicki Appleton Wesley Methodist Primary School is proving [...]

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Work starts on the Front & Back Kennels

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

We are delighted to announce that the work started on the temporary alterations to the Front and Back Dog kennels on 7 December. Whilst we are working on permanent plans for the reconstruction of the [...]

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Weight watchers diet?

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Tilly is the latest addition to join our happy band of pigs. When she came to us she was extremely overweight and had to go on a very strict diet, which she was not at all [...]

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Who knew swedes could be so much fun?

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

We had some swedes donated to us and our Donkeys just loved them! You can see them here tucking into this special treat and it wasn’t long before they polished them off despite the swinging [...]

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Santa’s Workshop – an incredible day!

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

TOTAL RAISED ON THE DAY WAS AN AMAZING £2,250! We had another fantastic day on Sunday with hundreds of visitors pouring in for Santa’s Workshop. We were lucky enough to be visited by Santa himself and [...]

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Our 12 Cats of Christmas

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Bleakholt is hoping their 12 Cats of Christmas will be curled up in a home purring happily on Christmas day. We are full to brimming with cats and kittens at the moment and we would love [...]

Fabulous Christmas Open Day!

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

TOTAL RAISED WAS A FANTASTIC £8,300!  Thank you for all your support We had another wonderful day here at our Christmas Open Day on 27 November, when it was another fine day for our visitors. [...]

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Newsletter November 2016

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Here is our November newsletter which we hope you will enjoy reading! Click here to open and download page 1 Click here to open and download page 2          

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Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

UPDATE 28 DECEMBER!  The response has been amazing!  Thank you SO much everyone! See more here..     Following the wonderful response to our Christmas Shoe Box Appeal last year, we are again running the [...]

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Work Commences on Dog Assessment & Evaluation Centre

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

We were absolutely thrilled to announce in June that we had been awarded a grant of £15,000 from the Pedigree and Whiskas Feeding Brighter Futures Grant Fund. We applied for the grant to enable us [...]

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Halloween Craft Event

November 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Our Craft Weeks are always massively popular and our Halloween event was no different. It’s a perfect day out for the kids during school holidays and it’s so much fun! The event raised almost £500, [...]

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Rosie’s awesome retirement

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Watch out – Zebra alert! Let it be said that our horses are nothing if not fashionable, with a very keen dress sense. The aim is to stand out in a crowd obviously. It may [...]

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The beauty of bunnies

October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

These gorgeous fluff balls pictured below are Billie and Anthony, sister and brother who were around 9 weeks old when they came to us. Their Mum was found on a playing field and kindly taken [...]

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All you need is a welly!

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Our donkeys are forever playful and cheeky and they just love messing around.  There are several versions of one of their favourite games but they all involve an old welly boot! You can join in [...]

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Open Day basks in glorious sunshine

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

TOTAL RAISED ON OPEN DAY  - £9,000! We had an absolutely glorious Open Day on 2 October when the sunshine streamed down on us throughout the day. It’s not only good for us and our [...]

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Donate your first fiver to Bleakholt

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Donate your #firstfiver to Bleakholt and help our sick, injured and homeless animals Brand new plastic £5 notes have now been issued by the Bank of England. Please give your first fiver to help us to [...]

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Official opening of our Charity Shop

September 19th, 2016|0 Comments

There was a great turn out for the official opening of our new Charity Shop in Bury on 17 September. The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Mike Connolly and his consort, Mr Ian Hargreaves did the [...]

Mud Bath for Bleakholt animals

September 8th, 2016|0 Comments

The Mini Mudder Challenge Fundraising has no age limit and there’s nothing quite like a mud bath in which to have an adventure – and if your Mum and Dad approve, then it’s fun, fun, [...]

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Stock Appeal for our Shops

August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

We pride ourselves on offering new and used goods in good condition which are kindly donated by members of the public and which we are able to sell at very competitive prices. Are you ready [...]

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Equine Sand Arena now operational!

August 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Pictured here are our Stable Staff and Operations Manager, Stuart Murray, celebrating the opening of the Arena, with Ronnie and Jasmine happily posing for us - or is it showing off! Many of you will have [...]

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Bleakholt goes live on the radio!

July 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Bleakholt hosts live show with Radio Lancashire - Sunday 24 July 2016 It was a very important and exciting day for Bleakholt as Radio Lancashire hosted their Sunday morning live show, 'Lancashire Outdoors' with Stephen [...]

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Sand Arena under construction

July 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Those of you who have visited the Sanctuary recently will have seen a big hole in the big field as you leave the car park as this is the site of our new equine rehabilitation [...]

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Open Day – dogs steal the show!

July 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Open Day 10 July 2016 TOTAL RAISED WAS  £8,060 ! Our Open Days are special days for us as we attempt to raise much needed funding to enable us to take care of all our [...]

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New Charity Shop Opens 17 September!

July 15th, 2016|0 Comments

OPENING SOON!  SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 12 NOON! NEW BLEAKHOLT CHARITY SHOP at 23 Princess Parade, Millgate Shopping Centre, Bury Grand Opening by the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Mike Connolly and Gemma Atkinson, our [...]

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Stately Home ready for Hen Party

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

We recently got a call asking us to take in 4 guinea pigs that belonged to someone who could no longer look after them. What made this call so unusual was that help was also [...]

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£15,000 Grant Awarded to Bleakholt

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

We are thrilled to announce that we have just been awarded a grant of £15,000! The grant comes from Pedigree and Whiskas Feeding Brighter Futures Grant Fund, an initiative that assists rehoming centres by providing [...]

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Rabbit Awareness Week

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

10th Anniversary of Rabbit Awareness Week To celebrate Rabbit Awareness Week we hosted a special day devoted to rabbits and their owners on Sunday 19 June. Rabbits are very sociable animals and this year’s focus [...]

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Running for Bleakholt

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Great Manchester 10K Run raises over £9,500! The Great Manchester 10K Run took place on Sunday 22 May 2016 and Bleakholt entered a team of 17 runners to raise money for our Sanctuary. The runners [...]

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Playtime is such fun!

May 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Continuing our programme of updating our facilities,we have just finished refurbishing the round pen for all our equine residents and we are thrilled with the result. The pen really needed a proper make over and [...]

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NEW Dog Training Area

May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Grand Opening We have been working hard to build our brand new Dog Training Area which covers 300 square meters and we are very excited to announce it is now ready for action! We had [...]

Fundraising Triumph

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Zen Internet is a Rochdale IT company and we were thrilled when we found out last year that we had been chosen as their Charity of the Year for 2015. It was an even bigger [...]

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Open Day huge success

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

GRAND TOTAL RAISED AT THE OPEN DAY - £10,020! Our Open took place on Sunday 24 April and was another massive success! We had hundreds of visitors and even though the weather wasn’t too great [...]

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Bleakholt Dog Completes Sponsored Walk

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Many of you may remember Indie, a Bleakholt dog that had a happy ending when he was adopted by Phil Taylor. Phil describes Indie as ‘unique’ and a great pal. Indie didn’t have a good [...]

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Motorcycle Display Spectacular

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Charity Pet Food Run & Bike Display On Sunday 17 April 2016 the Cogheads Motor Cycle Club held their annual pet food run to Bleakholt to collect food and make a donation to Bleakholt. The [...]

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Rabbit & Guinea Pig Show

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Jollyes Petfood Superstore in Bolton is a keen supporter of our Sanctuary and on 26 March they held a Rabbit & Guinea Pig Show at their Crompton Way store. It was a fantastic, well attended [...]

Easter Craft Week Success

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Our extra special Easter Craft week was held in our on-site Café from 29 March to 1 April this year. There were lots of different Easter-themed craft activities and children of all ages were welcome. [...]

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Ted Robbins opens Charity Shop

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Exciting re-launch of our Ramsbottom Charity Shop   On 12 March we had the official re-opening of our new look, modern Charity Shop and Ted Robbins, our President, presided over the grand launch. There may [...]

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Before and after

March 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Part of the work that we do here is to take in rescue animals, give them a safe, loving environment, good food and most importantly, nurse them back to health. Here are just two such [...]

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Anyone for drinkies?

March 17th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s so lovely to enjoy a nice cool drink whenever you like in the comfort of your own home, without having to venture out. Now our Equine residents can do just that, as February heralded [...]

10k training

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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Jeffrey playing football – Video

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Jeffrey has everything the modern footballer needs - skill, pace and power.  This video made a few years ago made him nearly famous and very popular as he continued to amuse both us and visitors [...]

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Emmerdale Star Fundraising for Bleakholt

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Animal-loving actress Gemma Atkinson, an Emmerdale favourite who plays Carly Hope in the extremely popular soap, recently raised a staggering £35,125.00 for Bleakholt after starring on the television game show ‘The Chase’ with a celebrity [...]

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Moving up the Property Ladder

September 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Richard - moving up in the world Let us introduce you to Richard who is the biggest horse on the stable yard at 17.3 hands high - that's nearly 6 feet! As he is [...]

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Horsing Around

September 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Equipment Appeal for our Stables On behalf of all the residents in our Stables, we are desperately in need of the following equipment to help us to take care of them: pony sized rugs  - [...]

Lottery Grant

September 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Lottery Grant awarded to Bleakholt Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary has carved up a treat for animal lovers after being awarded £8,200 from the National Lottery specifically for sculptures. Work is now completed on a wonderful totem pole, a [...]