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A bird sanctuary in Northamptonshire needs rescuing

Bird rescue centre facing closure

An animal rescue charity in Northamptonshire may have to close its doors for good because it is running out of money.

Safewings in Isham has been looking after injured and abandoned birds since 1966.

The charity needs money to pay for food and to cover veterinary bills for the birds.

It relies on donations from the general public and if it does not receive help it could close before Christmas.

Jacqui Meads, who runs Safewings with her husband Andy, said: "Over the past few years rising costs that everybody is feeling, from utility cost to food bills, are affecting us."

In 2009, the charity had a difficult year. They had to get rid of a few aviaries because they were no longer fit for use.

And now those aviaries need replacing otherwise they will not be able to treat other birds.

"We can't take any more birds in if we don't build more aviaries," Jacqui said.

A young Cuckoo.
Some of the birds can be sponsored through their treatment

Safewings looks after between 2000 and 3000 birds every year.

It costs just under £2000 a month to run the sanctuary, providing food and utilities for the centre.

The sanctuary is now looking for new ideas to support the work that it does.

It is currently looking into people being able to sponsor a bird while it goes through treatment.

Safewings will then provide regular pictures and updates on progress while the bird is being treated.

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