Tuesday 1st February 2011 by C. Freeman
Emily McClymont, Polly MacDonald, Abbie Davies and Heather Baker are all helping out at an animal shelter in Irthlingborough. Emily and Polly volunteer as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme while Abbie and Heather just enjoy helping care for the animals.
The girls, all from Year 10, have been volunteering on Saturdays at Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing and Adoption (NANNA) which is based in Irthlingborough. They help feed and clean the cages of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, horses, chickens, and even injured foxes and squirrels.
Abbie Davies and Heather Baker.
Emily and Polly started working on Saturdays in mid-November and, although they only need to complete a 12-week placement for their Award scheme, they will both carry on. Abbie heard what they did and, soon afterwards, both she and Heather volunteered at NANNA as well.
Polly said: ‘We started at the centre because my dad helps out there. My favourite animals are probably the horses. You have to feed them and check they have got water.’
All of the girls have dogs and other pets. Emily said: ‘You do get attached to the animals and I have been trying to persuade my mum and dad to let me adopt Ben the border collie!’
Abbie said: ‘Volunteering at the centre gets you up and doing something; it is nice to see ill animals improving or going out to new homes.’ Heather added: ‘It is fun helping the animals because they can’t really do it for themselves and you feel the achievement at the end of the day.’
For the physical and skill components of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Emily goes to the gym and plays guitar while Polly plans to scuba-dive at Corby pool and she is carrying out dog training with her six-month-old Newfiedoodle puppies!