Pet centre’s bid to build green-friendly home and cut bills

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A PET refuge in Deeping St James is hoping to build a green-friendly home for animals in a bid to cut its soaring heating bills.

Bosses of the Exotic Pet Refuge, in Station Road, have launched a campaign to raise funds for a huge overhaul of the centre.

It is not yet known how much the centre’s plans will cost but it is believed that the new monkey house alone could need £20,000.

The refuge is teaming up with nearby Deepings Trading, based in Spitfire Road, Market Deeping, to construct the state-of-the-art building with modern insulation and an eco-friendly heating system.

The charity currently faces a massive £1,500-a-month bill for heating which could be halved by a new greener system.

Pam Mansfield, refuge owner, said: “Our monkey sanctuary needs doing first because it really is getting past it. It’s 14 years old and they don’t last forever.”

She said it costs £5,000 a month to run the centre with the money needed coming from existing fundraising and securing further cash for the overhaul would be a challenge.

As part of the fundraising, Pam will head to the Olympia, in London, on May 7 and 8 to raise cash and awareness as one of only five charities invited to the London Pet Show.

The refuge has already featured at one show this year in Nottingham, which raised £800 for the centre.

Surfleet mum Fran Healands, fundraiser for the centre, said: “The heating system is on its last legs and will not last another winter. It is very important because a lot of our animals are from hotter climates and need to be kept warm all the time.

“Deepings Trading has been brilliant and if all goes to plan they will help at least halve our electricity bills.”

“As an animal centre we should be green and eco-friendly, it’s definitely the way forward.”

It is hoped to team up with Deepings Trading to showcase through a cut-away wall all the unusual items used in insulation – including cans of the popular drink 7Up. On Sunday, it threw open its doors to the public for an open day.

Anyone who wants to help the centre should call 01778 345923.