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Hardworking Holywell students praised for tireless support of local animal sanctuary > News

Post : Tue 17 May 2022

A group of Holywell students who have given their time and worked tirelessly to help support a local animal sanctuary have been applauded by the owner for their incredible efforts.

Year 11 students Ysgol Treffynnon, Cameron Fitzgerald and Dainton Whitehead have volunteered for many weekends at the Honeybee Sanctuary in Brynford, which is owned by Katey Brownbill.

The boys are friends of Katey’s son Phill, who also attends school, and all three work from early morning until late evening, doing everything from grazing tons of drainage sand and topsoil cleaning the stables and feeding the animals.

Katey’s daughter Lily, also a student at Ysgol Treffynnon, supports her mother in much of the day-to-day work at the shrine and several of her friends from school have also helped her, including Abi, Carys and Molly.

The sanctuary which occupies around two acres was set up just before the lockdown by Katey, an avid vegan, and her family, using funds from an inheritance and the sale of a car to start.

She said: “Young people often don’t get the credit they deserve, and I just wanted to let people know about the fantastic students at Ysgol Treffynnon who have helped us.

Cameron, Dainton, Abi, Carys and Molly were an absolute pleasure to be around; they are so hardworking, respectful and just awesome!

“I developed Covid a long time after I contracted the virus last July and I didn’t have the strength do all the daily chores. ”

“My amazing daughter who is only 14 and a committed vegan has completely stepped up because she understands why we are doing all of this and what it all means.”

“Phill is very strong and very handy in lifting heavy objects, and even my 8 and 10 year old boys Thomas and Charlie who attend Ysgol Maes Y Felin are regularly outside to help with daily care. ”

“We have turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, goats, sheep, cows and pigs to keep; I never intended to have so many animals, but it just grew massively, and we’re now over capacity.

“I do not have I think we will need outside help one day, but I realized after the impact Covid had on me that we had to do something, so I decided to reach out on social media.

“Phillip and Lily’s friends from Ysgol Treffynnon offered to help straight away and were truly amazing. We really appreciate all of our volunteers and the fantastic support we have received from local businesses and organizations. »

The former florist also studied counseling and a range of healing therapies she is now are looking to donate to the sanctuary to help raise funds.

Cameron and Dainton love working outdoors. Dainton said: “I really enjoy hands-on work and it’s great to work as a team because we can achieve so much more.”

“Physical work helps our physical condition, and I think all of this is good for our mental health as well.”

“It gives you a sense of pride at the end of the day to see what you’ve accomplished.”

“I hope to continue volunteering after I leave school. We want to thank the owner for welcoming us and giving us the opportunity to get involved.”

Principal John Weir said: “I am heartened to hear about the work our students are doing at the sanctuary.”

“I think it’s so important for young people to take every opportunity to work outdoors in nature and with wildlife, there are so many benefits for health and well-being as well as developing skills. essential skills and responsibilities.

“All involved are great role models for students and staff and I am truly proud to say they are students of Ysgol Treffynnon.”

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