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Rescued Marty finds peace at last

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

We’d like to introduce everyone to Bleakholt’s new Mule inhabitant, Marty. Marty was admitted to the sanctuary on 5 January 2018 using an emergency stable as he was desperately in need of a new home. [...]

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Vote for Bleakholt to bag a share of Tesco’s Bag Fund!

January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to [...]

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Happy New Year & Thank You

January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

The generosity of all our supporters over Christmas and New Year is truly remarkable. A massive thank you from everyone at Bleakholt for the wonderful gifts for our animals. You have all been amazing, we [...]

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Snow – yipeeee!

December 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Some of us may have a few issues when we get our first proper snowfall, but to some of our residents it's just playtime! Time to kick up their heels and just enjoy it - [...]

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Stanley Shih Tzu raises money for Bleakholt!

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Tzu Kingdom: Stanley's Discovery The authors of the amazing Tzu Kingdom books, Karen Chilvers and Gill Eastgate, are raising money for Bleakholt by selling copies of their book on eBay. They have chosen us as [...]

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Cat Foster Carers urgently needed!

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Are you interested in becoming a Foster Carer for one of our Cats? Foster homes are urgently needed! If so, or you would like more info, please email us at: karen.weed@bleakholt.org You can download our poster [...]

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Bleakholt Wish List on Amazon

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

We have now set up a Wish List on Amazon to help us to take care of all our animals. If you would like to donate something to help with the welfare of our animals, [...]

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Stock Appeal for our Charity Shops

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

URGENT APPEAL FOR STOCK - CAN YOU HELP? 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 [...]

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Charity Shop Volunteers Urgently Needed!

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Fundraising for our animals We have two Bleakholt Charity Shops, one in Bury town centre and the other is in Ramsbottom. We urgently need more Volunteers to ensure the success of our shops and we [...]

Fundraising for the future

March 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Ted Robbins & Gemma Atkinson about Bleakholt

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How we start our day….

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Great start to the day. To cheer us all up before we started work, Leo told the funniest joke ever! hmmmm…...he wouldn’t tell us where he heard it though….. just pawsed for thought! So after [...]

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Cats of the Week – Bonnie & Clyde

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Bonnie and Clyde are a beautiful twelve year old duo who came to Bleakholt as sadly, one of their owners developed an allergic reaction. They are a very sweet pair who are a little shy [...]

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Dog of the Week – Bruce

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Bruce is a five year old Chocolate Lab cross who came to Bleakholt through no fault of his own. He is a friendly and playful boy who loves people and adores fuss and attention. He [...]

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shenanigans in the snow and fog – caught on Vid!

December 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The donkeys were having a great time - early morning - time to let off steam after breakfast! https://www.facebook.com/natalie.oldham/videos/10157006488914546/ Meanwhile, the little guys are also having a fine old time....... looks a bit like [...]

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Santa’s Workshop attracts lots of visitors

December 11th, 2017|0 Comments

We had a fabulous day on Sunday 3 December when lots of visitors came for our special Santa's Workshop day. Father Christmas visited us with his reindeer and brought some of his elves to help [...]

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Festive Open Day battles on despite the weather!

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Our Open Day on 26 November may not have been supported by the horrible weather, but it was still supported by you! It was such a shame, but in true Bleakholt fashion we battled on [...]

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Santa’s Workshop – Sunday 3 December

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Don't miss this extra special occasion when our honoured guest will be Santa himself! Santa would love to see your Christmas Wish List in the comfort of his Grotto. The reindeer that will bring Santa [...]

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Our Festive Open Day

November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

These events are always really popular and there is so much to see and do that it’s a brilliant day out for the whole family. Our Open Days are a major event in the Bleakholt [...]

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It’s not too late to get your 2018 Calendar!

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Bleakholt Calendars 2018 are  still available at the Sanctuary! There is a selection of calendars to choose from and all at only £6 each. This year we  not only have the Sanctuary calendar which shows [...]

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Take That Concert

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Thanks to an overwhelmingly generous gift from Elaine and Chris Fairfax from Animal Friends Pet Insurance we were able to successfully auction 2 tickets for The Rainforest Ball on 16 September, which included an exclusive [...]

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Rainbows and Clouds

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

  We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to work in such beautiful surroundings and have such wonderful views whilst we work. Not only that, but we are surrounded by all our amazing animals, [...]

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Open Day Sunday 1 October

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

These events are always really popular and there is so much to see and do that it’s a brilliant day out for the whole family. Our Open Days are a major event in the Bleakholt [...]

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Spooky Fancy Dress Quiz Night

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Back by popular demand – the Bleakholt Quiz Night! Spooky Fancy Dress Quiz Night 27 October 2017 at 7.30 p.m. Venue: Haslingden Cricket Club Tickets: £5 per person which includes a Pie & Peas Supper [...]

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Auction for Take That Concert Tickets!

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Unique Auction for TWO TAKE THAT Concert Tickets! Once in a lifetime opportunity! This event is already sold out! Thanks to an overwhelmingly generous gift from Elaine and Chris Fairfax from Animal Friends Pet Insurance [...]

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Open Day smashes the £10,000 barrier!

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Another great Open Day on 9 July when we had thousands of visitors and a beautiful sunny day to supercharge the festivities.  It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all and what's more we had [...]

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Running for Bleakholt raises thousands!

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Great Manchester 10K Run – 28 May 2017 Total Raised - £8,800 ! We would like to give a great big thank you to all those who took part in this event and ran to [...]

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Photo Competition for Rabbit Fun Day

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

The Rabbit Fun Day held recently was great fun so thanks to everyone who supported it. Above are some of our bunnies who were there to meet and greet their adoring fans - [...]

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Quiz Night resounding success

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

60th Diamond Anniversary Brainbox Quiz Night - 23 June 2017 Total raised by the event:  £614.21 ! Our Quiz Night held at Haslingden Cricket Club was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone [...]

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Animal Friends surprise us with donations

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Pictured above from the left are Chris, Stuart, Elaine and Gemma It was a case of ‘Take That’ for Bleakholt as Animal Friends gifted us tickets for a concert by the famous Manchester band to [...]

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Haymaking time!

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

It's haymaking time at Bleakholt so we've been very lucky with the weather this week. It's really hard work and all credit has to go to our fantastic staff who saw it through to the bitter [...]

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Open Day 9 July

June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

These events are always really popular and there is so much to see and do that it’s a brilliant day out for the whole family. Our Open Days are a major event in the Bleakholt [...]

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Bleakholt Dog Show

June 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Sunday 6 August 2017 Dogs Day Out! STOP PRESS!  We had an absolutely fabulous day with so many visitors - and their pooches! We are thrilled to announce that our day raised an amazing £2,864.50! [...]

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Cuddly Giants dwarf little Joe

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Meet Barry and Mimsy, the latest arrivals to join our rabbit family. One thing is for sure – you can’t miss them! They are a pair of Continental Giant Rabbits which is one of the [...]

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Rabbit Fun Day!

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Celebrating Rabbit Awareness Week  17 – 25 JUNE 2017 To celebrate and support Awareness Week we are hosting a Rabbit Fun Day on Sunday 18th June, starting at 12 noon     rabbit-themed crafts     [...]

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Our fashion icon

May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Maggie is a Staffie Cross aged about 10 years and came to us as her owner was no longer able to keep her. She has a very sweet and gentle nature. Maggie was born with [...]

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Pets At Home support Diamond Anniversary

May 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Pets at Home at Rawtenstall have kindly volunteered to support Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in 2017 during our 60th Diamond Anniversary year. They will be promoting Bleakholt at a number of fundraising collection days during the [...]

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Bring us sunshine, make us smile…

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Yes believe it or not the sun is starting to shine on and off and our horses, ponies and donkeys (and Muffin the Mule!) just love it. It’s time to kick up their heels and [...]

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Animal Charity Volunteer of the Year

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

ADCH & Petplan Awards ceremony - 26 April 2017 We had wonderful news from the ADCH & Petplan Animal Charity Awards event on 26 April. After over 50 years of volunteering, our Trustee Muriel Bird [...]

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Diamond Anniversary Open Day massive success!

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Our Open Days are always popular and it’s always a brilliant day out for the whole family. They are a major fundraising event in the Bleakholt calendar and these events are even more important to [...]

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Tiny new girl gets big welcome

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let us introduce you to our latest addition to our Stables, Cassie, a.k.a. Cassandra. She is a 22 year old Shetland pony and has come to Bleakholt to retire due to her owner’s poor health. [...]

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Ted Robbins

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

TED ROBBINS has been our President now for a number of years and has been a great ambassador and supporter of Bleakholt. Due to his ill heath Ted has reluctantly decided to step down as [...]

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Sanctuary honoured with invite to The BBC Club

April 18th, 2017|0 Comments

The BBC Club was founded in 1924 as a private member’s club. It has been a part of BBC Life for over 80 years. Today the Club is the heart of social unity within the [...]

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Bleakholt Black Tie Ball huge success

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

We were thrilled when Gemma Atkinson offered to organise a Black Tie Ball in our 60th anniversary year to raise money for our Sanctuary. The ball was the first of the major celebrations for our [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]