Contract Coordinator, Andrea Jackson, is delighted colleagues are supporting Stray Aid

As an animal lover, I am passionate about the charity, Stray Aid.

Located in Coxhoe, Durham, its mission is to rescue, re-unite or rehome lost, abused, abandoned or unwanted cats and dogs found on the streets of the North East.

I was brought up around animals and my mum rehomed a dog from the charity a few years ago, but sadly he has now passed away.

Christmas is a time when animals can often get neglected and we all know the saying ‘a dog is for life and not just for Christmas.’

Some of the dogs are in the care of the local council. Members of the public or council wardens concerned the pets are unaccompanied, hand them in. Not all pets are abandoned, some are simply lost and so Stray Aid uploads images of them onto its website so they can hopefully be reunited with their owners.

I wanted to support the charity and approached our managing director, John Sayers, to see if there could be a collection point for employees to donate blankets, cat and dog food and toys that could be taken across to Stray Aid.

We were both blown away by the response. We have donations aplenty and it shows the generosity of the team in wanting to help out.

Our commercial manager, Stephen Lumsdon, has kindly agreed to drop our donations at the shelter, as I would find it too emotional an experience. I would like to thank Stephen for doing this.

The donations will be very much appreciated by Stray Aid and for anyone who interested in learning more about the charity, please visit: