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(Updated 26/03/01)

Pets at home launch latest fundraising initiative

Pets at Home, the UK’s largest pet superstore group, launched their latest fundraising initiative at the store on the Tower Retail Park on Crayford Road in Crayford. And well known bird and animal enthusiast, Bill Oddie, was on hand to lend his support.

The two recipients of all funds raised throughout 2001 are the Variety Club of Great Britain and the National Meningitis Trust. With the aim of raising £100,000, to be divided equally between the two charities, Pets at Home already have plans underway to raise as much as possible.

Pets at Home staff are devising fundraising activities up and down the country.

Providing sick, disabled and disadvantaged children with the help they need - from Sunshine coaches and electric wheelchairs to learning aids and play equipment, theatre trips and holidays for terminally ill children - any money raised would enable the Variety Club to improve the lives of children all over Great Britain.

Raising awareness of the seriousness and symptoms of meningitis and particularly, informing the public of how quickly the disease can become life threatening, are main objectives of the National Meningitis Trust. Funding research into the disease is also highly important to the Trust and to fully support those affected - be it the victim or the family.