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AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES: Amesbury firm sew 'joey pouches'

AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES: Amesbury firm sew 'joey pouches'

Published at 11:18am 13th January 2020. (Updated at 12:46pm 13th January 2020)

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Staff at Animal Friends have been creating special pouches for orphaned kangaroos.

The devastating plight of millions of wildlife affected in Australia has touched the hearts of the team at Animal Friends Insurance who wanted to do something practical to try and help.

On Thursday (10th Jan) they got together over their lunch breaks to sew pouches for animals orphaned in the bush fires.

The pouches can be used as nests to hold baby kangaroos, known a joeys, and other marsupials like a mother's pouch.


Colleagues from across the business got involved and a little production line was set up with some people cutting out the patterns and materials, others whizzing them together on their sewing machines.

Animal Friends Australian Wildfire Pouches January 2020
The handmade 'joey pouches' will be sent to Australia.

 Claire Usher, Charity Manager at the company said:

"Over lunchtime we turned the office into a little factory and made sure that everyone, including those with no sewing experience, had a job to do to help produce the pouches for the orphaned joeys. It was lovely to see everyone working together for such a good cause, we are all really pleased with the results and hope that the joeys will find some comfort in them."

Animal Friends Australian Wildfire Pouches January 2020
Lots of the team got involved.

Further activities are planned by staff to help raise funds over the coming weeks including a 'Cakes 4 Koalas' bake sale in our Amesbury and Swindon offices.


In addition to these efforts, Animal Friends Insurance is delighted to announce that a £20,000 donation has been made to the World Wild Fund for Nature - Australia Bushfire Emergency Appeal.


Wes Pearson, Managing Director said:

"I am proud but not surprised that our staff have rallied to help the wildlife affected by the bushfires, we are all animal lovers and I know it means a lot to them to personally get involved.  We hope that our donation will go some way to assisting with this catastrophic situation and our thoughts are with everyone affected."


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