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07/03/13: Power operator steps in to help animal sanctuary

More than 300 abandoned animals were kept safe and warm during a planned power outage thanks to electricity operator, Electricity North West. Electricity North West programme delivery engineer, James Hampson with Hannah Hayward from Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and dog Daisy

Engineers provided a generator to ensure sick, homeless and unwanted animals, including kittens and puppies, at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Ramsbottom were warm and safe throughout the day.

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, had to carry out vital maintenance work to ensure the reliable and efficient supply of electricity to the area, and power needed to be cut during the work.

Lee Maxwell, area manager for Electricity North West, said: “Planned outages are vital to allow our engineers to safely maintain the 13,000km of overhead lines in the North West and reduce the risk of unplanned power cuts.

“Although we are unable to provide a generator to every customer we ensure our vulnerable customers are given priority.

“We notified all affected residents and businesses in the area informing customers of the planned work and we are delighted to be able to set up a generator and keep the animals at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary safe as work was being carried out.”

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary is a charity committed to caring for animals with the aim of finding loving homes, and those that cannot be re-homed spend their days being cared for at the sanctuary.

Richard Bailey, acting manager at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, said: “We have more than 300 animals on site, including kittens and puppies, which need to be kept warm and we also have a vet facility on site with drugs which have to be kept cool, so the generator was an essential and welcome gift.

“We understand that planned outages have to take place to allow maintenance work to be carried out to ensure we don’t experience any unexpected power cuts, but it was very important that we could carry on caring for the animals.

“We’re very grateful to Electricity North West for providing us with the generator and the exceptional service they gave us.”

For more information about Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary please visit their website at

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