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County Down animal sanctuary awarded Power NI funding

BARN Animal Rescue is to invest the funding in the welfare of animals in its care

Power NI’s Brighter Communities initiative has awarded BARN Animal Rescue £1,000 funding which the charity will put towards the advancement of animal welfare.

Founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife Glenn and Joanne, BARN Animal Rescue was established to rescue, rehabilitate, and shelter companion animals who have become abandoned or unwanted.

At the rescue centre based in Carrowdore, County Down, the charity cares for rescued cats and dogs, with the aim of ultimately finding the animals their forever home where possible.

Working with a base of approximately 20 volunteers, the organisation also runs two charity shops, one in Newtownards and one in Ballywalter, with all funds and donations going directly to improving its services and helping the animals.

Manager of the rescue Glenn Ford is extremely grateful for the funding: “We’re delighted to be recipients of the Brighter Communities award. Funding like this is vital to ensuring we can deliver the care and protection necessary for the animals we have in the rescue centre.

“We tend and care for hundreds of dogs and cats year on year, and we not only want to continue this, but we want to take in as many animals as we can to ensure they’re getting the treatment and love that they deserve.

“We’re always looking to improve the welfare of animals, and the services that we can provide and Power NI’s funding is enabling us to do just that. A huge thanks to the team at Power NI!”

Power NI’s Brighter Communities programme energises innovative and emerging community groups, teams and projects with £1000 of funding awarded each month.

The funding award has helped numerous charities and groups including Special Olympics athletes, stroke recovery groups and wheelchair basketball players.

Ashleigh O’Neill from Power NI added: “We’re proud to play a part in ensuring that the team at BARN Animal Rescue can provide such necessary care and shelter for cats and dogs. The sanctuary provides an essential service in rehoming and rehabilitating animals across the country, and Power NI is delighted to provide this award which will go directly to improving the welfare of animals in BARN Animal Rescue’s care. A massive congratulations from Power NI!”

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Glenn Ford, BARN Animal Rescue and Barry Rogan, Power NI

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Brighter Communities:  Power NI’s Brighter Communities programme was first introduced back in April 2018 and since then has supported a huge variety of bespoke groups, clubs, charities and community organisations across Northern Ireland.     Each month or at specific key times, community groups and individuals are invited to submit applications on how they would use £1000 to roll out innovative and creative projects to change and improve their local community for the better. Brighter Communities has helped groups ranging from wheelchair basketball, beekeepers, vintage cyclists and young cheerleaders to street soccer, dragon racers, Early Years and stroke recovery groups.   Since its establishment in 2018, the Brighter Communities initiative has donated £40,000 to community groups across Northern Ireland.    Power NI provides 55% of the domestic market’s electricity needs and 53.8% of the commercial market (Utility Regular Report).  Power NI, a local supplier which celebrated its 90th year in 2021, supports an extensive range of local community, environmental and sporting initiatives including Volunteer Week, The Mary Peters Trust and Age NI.  

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