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Homeless dogs get student duvets

Daisy the dog in a donated duvet (Pic: Manchester City Council)
The thicker and softer bed linen will help elderly and injured dogs

Unwanted bedding and kitchen items from student homes are being recycled to help abandoned dogs and charities in Greater Manchester.

Six van loads of duvets, sheets and blankets were collected by Manchester City Council from students and given to animal homes in Harpurhey and Sale.

Cutlery, crockery and kitchen utensils were collected in the council scheme and given to community charity groups.

The council had sent out details about the pilot recycling scheme in May.

Extra collections brought in 10 tonnes of paper, card and glass for recycling, and 50 bags of textiles being given to charities.

Lisa Graham, from Manchester Dogs' Home, said: "The duvets have been put to excellent use by our elderly and injured dogs that require a thicker, softer bed to support their injuries and joints.

"A big thank you from the dogs and staff at Manchester dogs home to all who donated their duvets."

Councillor Nigel Murphy, from the council's environment department, said he was impressed with the levels of recycling and thanked the students for their help.

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