Plans for a new animal hospital have taken a major step forward thanks to the generosity of a North-east woman who died last month.
Volunteers from the New Arc animal rescue centre near Ellon are raising £30,000 to pay for a purpose-built animal hospital and they got an unexpected boost last week.
The Evening Express previously reported Hatton mum-of-two Anna Hutcheon sadly died earlier this month, aged 42, and she was such a fan of the centre’s charity shop, she wanted to help its volunteers after her passing.
Not only did Anna request for her clothes to be donated to raise money for the shop, friends and family who attended her funeral also donated £800, which has now been presented to the New Arc helpers by her husband Mark.
The donation takes the animal hospital appeal past the £10,000 mark, meaning the team of volunteers are a third of the way towards their goal.
Keith Marley, of the sanctuary, said: “We were overwhelmed when Mark made the donation – it really was out of the blue and we’re extremely grateful.
“Anna was a supporter of our charity shop in Bridge Street, Ellon, and it was there Mark called in to hand over what had been collected at the funeral. It is such kind generosity and it takes us past a landmark total, which is great.”
The sanctuary helps a wide range of animals, including orphaned otters, deer, squirrels and tawny owls.
Keith added: “Mark has been keen to find out about the work that goes on at the sanctuary and he is more than welcome to help out as much as he likes. We’re really thrilled with his support.”
Mark was Anna’s devoted husband of 15 years and runs the taxi firm Taxicall Aberdeen.
The 44-year-old said: “I think everyone was surprised by the amount people donated at the funeral and it was nice to be able to take it into the shop.
“They were a little taken aback by the donation, and it’s great that it takes them over that £10,000 point.
“Anna would be absolutely delighted we’ve been able to support this fantastic cause in this way.”
The hospital would include first-aid facilities, specialist housing and care for birds and mammals.
Visit thenewarc.org for details and to donate towards the appeal.