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Julie Bootle’s birthday fundraiser

Julie decided that for her 60th birthday she was going to do something life changing for animals, and fortunately for our residents, Julie picked Holly Hedge as the beneficiary of her birthday fundraiser!
Julie is aiming to raise £1,687 to cover a day’s running costs of the sanctuary, and she is doing a bang up job so far, having already reached 60% of her target. Julie’s fundraiser is below, please do take a look and show her your support! Go Julie, Go!

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The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

A huge thank you to all of our incredible Pledges; Cyberfive, ALD Automotive, Chubb Fire & Security, John Hall, Nicky Leeson, Mary Boyce, Julie Cole and Robert and Christine Browne.
Our amazing Pledges match funded £3,000 worth of donations from our wonderful supporters, and this meant we also were eligible for an extra donation of £1,415 from our Champion, The Reed Foundation. In total we have raised the grand total of £9,887! We are so truly grateful to each and every person who donated, read and shared our campaign.
You are all heroes to our animals.

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Waitrose Nailsea – Community Matters

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that you choose.

At Waitrose Nailsea, Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is 1 of the 3 local charities for July.

Please support us while you shop.

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Paws in Peril – Save our Sanctuary

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am writing to you as someone who shares our love and passion for animals, and it is with a heavy heart that I have to break the news that Holly Hedge is facing its greatest challenge.

Over time, costs have escalated to over £650,000 a year to keep the Sanctuary running to a high standard and to give our rescues the best possible chance of a new beginning and a happy ever after, but we have been constantly using our reserves to help fund the gap by contributing towards vets bills and running costs as donations and legacies have reduced.

Unless we are able to raise at least another £300,000 each year, we may not be able to continue to help nearly as many desperate and needy cases. Our depleting reserves are largely due to building the new kennels which were so urgently needed, as the existing ones were dilapidated, crumbling and prone to flooding. The dogs are so much happier in their new surroundings and far less stressed, so a great result achieved – but at a huge cost.

Vet bills have risen considerably and reached a staggering £100,000 in the last financial year, as no animal is denied the veterinary help they need to enjoy the best quality of life. We have followed our hearts and carried out our solemn promise to do everything in our power to make our rescues pain free and whole again.

We struggle financially to keep up with the insurmountable numbers coming to us in urgent need of veterinary treatment. Some poor souls have stoically endured excruciating pain straying for years before coming to Holly Hedge, and the difference made to their lives once treatment has been given is worth any amount of money. Many have needed expensive operations to give them a new lease of life, others have been in road accidents with no owner coming forward, or found emaciated, dehydrated and taken straight to the vet, often out of hours. If vital treatment hadn’t been carried out, some would almost certainly have perished. We cannot harden our hearts and refuse sick, elderly or injured and abandoned animals. Although we cannot save them all, which is heart breaking, we put our heart and soul into ensuring all of our rescues have a happy ending – which is our legacy of love.

At Holly Hedge they are given love, kindness, every home comfort possible and shown that people can be caring and trusted. It is so heart-warming when their faith is restored and they are ready to face the world again in a loving new home.

Holly Hedge finds homes for up to 800 rescues a year, and the joy of seeing them go off to a new beginning is what keeps us all going and, at its heart, is what the Charity is all about.

Our staff and volunteers are second to none and give all our rescues love in abundance as well as plenty of enrichment to help them cope in a kennel/cattery situation. Their devotion and dedication knows no bounds and the animals always come first.

We have plans in place to sustain the future of Holly Hedge and through kind friends have bought the field next to the Sanctuary, which will generate income and enable us to apply for bio-diversity grants and protect dwindling and threatened wildlife. There are cost cutting measures in place, as well as income generating strategies, but this will take time to implement and right now we are on a mission of survival and we so desperately need your help to overcome the challenges that inevitably lie ahead.

Holly Hedge exists purely to help animals in need and strives to give them all a much brighter and happier future. They come to us with broken hearts, broken limbs and broken spirits, but with your support we can continue to put them back together again.

Please, help us to help those who cannot speak for themselves. There is nowhere more totally committed and dedicated to making a better life for all our animals than Holly Hedge. Our rescues mean the world to us, but we cannot exist on love for them alone.

Please make a donation today to save our Sanctuary, whatever you can afford would be greatly appreciated and could help us to save a life.

Just click the link!

More ways to donate:

Make a direct payment to our Bank:
Sort Code: 56-00-05 Account Number: 21229015

Call 01275 474719 to donate over the phone

Become a Holly Hedge Paw Pal

Organise a Fundraising Event – please contact Sarah at

Be a Fundraising Volunteer – We will be out raising awareness and raising funds at various events throughout the year, including Fun Days & Dog Shows, talking to education groups, street collections and more

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our appeal. It is truly a plea from the heart for all our precious rescues.

Best wishes

Pauline Leeson


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Our Patron Monty Halls joins us for our official kennel launch


We are celebrating the official launch of our new kennels. Our previous kennels were extremely dilapidated, crumbling and more than 30 years old.

The new state-of-the-art kennels definitely have the seal of approval, and our rescuees are far cosier and more relaxed.

Holly Hedge now boasts a sensory garden and plenty of green space for the animals to explore, and the animals are enjoying the upgrade.

The three long-stay rooms with their own little fenced in area are a great success too, and the dogs in there seem far more content, enjoying their home comforts, especially their sofas and armchairs.

There are also six large gardens, incorporating a sensory garden so our dogs can enjoy recreational time away from the kennels as well as walks in the woods.

Our wonderful Patron, friend and BBC presenter Monty Halls – who once adopted a dog from Holly Hedge for his television show Great Escape – was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mr Halls said Holly Hedge is ‘an extraordinary place run by extraordinary people’.

He added: “Without Holly Hedge many other beautiful dogs and cats would have gone to an early grave.

“Holly Hedge never puts a healthy animal to sleep. Some animals stay with them for years before they find a permanent home.

“It’s the sanctuary that never gives up on a dog or cat. This independent charity receives no funding and depends on the generosity of its supporters.”

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Our Charity Shop Needs Your Donations

Our team of friendly staff and volunteers at our charity shop in Nailsea are on the hunt for good quality items to sell, from clothes and jewellery to puzzles and bric-a-brac.

If you are having a clear out or have unwanted gifts and items please do think about donating them to our shop. All the profits made go back to help the Sanctuary care for all the lovely cats and dogs.

Donations can be taken directly to our shop in Nailsea. Please see our contact us page on the website for directions and details of their opening times.