Raising money for Mountains

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AN ANGUS family raised money for Mountains Animal Sanctuary by holding a Christmas concert.

Mark Masson, Eileen Masson and Colette Dear, from Arbroath, held a Christmas concert at St John’s Church, Forfar, for the Mountains Animal Sanctuary.

Thieves made off with around £3,000 in cash and vandalised the premises between Sunday, December 9, and Monday, December 10.

The money which was stolen had been raised at a Christmas nativity which was held earlier on in the day and was to go towards the running of the sanctuary for the following year.

A quantity of goods, merchandise out of the shop, a wooden carving of a horse and money was stolen from the animal sanctuary and the building was also subject to deliberate flooding because the perpetrator purposely left all of the taps on in the visitor centre toilets and also in the kitchen.

The sanctuary’s beautiful wooden carving of a horse known as ‘Milton’ at the centre was stolen. The carving was given as a gift to the charity and it is hoped that he can be returned in one piece.

Mountains Animal Sanctuary, one of Scotland’s largest rescue centres which looks after over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys, was targeted sometime between 9.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, and 7.15 a.m. on Monday, December 10.

Prior to the concert, Mark Masson said: “We were horrified to hear the sad news that happened to Mountains two weeks before Christmas. It does a wonderful job in looking after so many horses, ponies and donkeys and we knew we had to do something to help.

“To get people into the festive spirit we will be singing songs and Christmas carols in the church hall and all local residents are welcome to join us. All we ask is that they pay a small donation of a £5 entrance fee which will help the charity recoup some of the funds that were stolen.”

Pam Taylor, the manager at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, said: “We are so grateful to the local community and the support they have shown us in these last couple of weeks.

“We work round the clock 365 days a year looking after the horses, giving some of them a second chance in life and for someone to rob us so close to Christmas is incredibility distressing.

“We are delighted the Masson family have offered to help us in our time of need.

“People have been absolutely magnificent. We have had thousands of pounds worth of donations and have been quite overwhelmed by the support.

“It has restored our faith in human nature.”

The sanctuary received another generous gift when Lodge Forfar Kilwinning made a donation of £500.

For more information about the Mountains Animal Sanctuary you can visit the website by going to www.mountainsanimalsanctuary.org.uk/Ways-to-Help.