A north-east animal sanctuary is to hold a memorial day for people to remember their loved ones.
It is the first time Willows Animal Sanctuary in New Pitsligo, near Fraserburgh, has organised such an event.
A special memory book will be on offer at the event for people to sign. Anyone who has lost someone, including a pet, has been invited to go along to Willows, which also offers animal-assisted therapy to vulnerable people.
The sanctuary’s yard manager Vikky McDonald said: “We will be holding a special gathering to remember those who made our lives special but are no longer with us.
“People will have the option to leave a special message in our memory book.
“Whether they were a friend, family member or beloved pet doesn’t matter. If you loved them and they touched your heart come and take a little time to remember them and light a candle.”
The ceremony will start at the sanctuary at 1pm on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, the facility has raised more than £6,000 of its £20,000 target ahead of Christmas.
The funds will be used to buy hay for its farm.
Due to the dry weather the country has experienced, the price of hay has rocketed, leaving Willows unable to pay the costs for the amount of hay it needs. Vikky added: “Fundraising for a sanctuary of this size is massively challenging and the hay bale price increasing to £36 per bale from £20 has had a big impact on our finances.
“We use more than 130 bales each month in the winter.
“We are appealing for help to get us over this tricky time. We desperately need donations to help us make up the shortfall.”