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article imageVolunteers campaigning for Animal Relief event Special

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 19, 2010 in Entertainment
An Animal Relief fundraiser could be an enormous benefit to animals in need of help, say those campaigning the BBC to hold such an event.
A group of animal lovers began working on a campaign in April, and more than 3,400 people have now joined the “Campaign the BBC to hold an 'Animal Relief' event!” group on Facebook.
“A major event like Comic or Sports Relief would make all the difference for many animals,” said Barbara Nock, the creator of the group.
“We need our country of animal lovers to show we care by supporting this. I hope the BBC, when they are aware of the support and need for this, will see a win-win situation.”
She said that there are many sanctuaries and rescue organisations which need help, and some have already been forced to close due to lack of funds.
Economic hardship has resulted in some people giving up their pets, farm animals or racing animals.
Nock said deciding which organisations would benefit from an Animal Relief event would have to be done by Comic Relief.
She has been talking to people at both the BBC and Comic Relief, but is afraid the idea may get lost in the channels it must travel through before it can become reality.
After writing to the BBC in May, Nock received a reply thanking her for contacting them and saying they hoped she would be interested in the BBC's "Wild Night In", in aid of the BBC Wildlife Fund.
“In July I wrote to all Trust members, and two months ago was told by a correspondence adviser, BBC Trust Unit that my letters would be forwarded to BBC Audience Services, who have primary responsibility for the editorial decisions of the BBC,” she said. “I've not heard back and recently a cheery man at the BBC advised me to call the complaints department, which some of us have been doing.”
This week she spoke with someone in the complaints department, who suggested she send in a complaint in writing- which she has just done.
She was in contact with someone at Comic Relief earlier this year who was very supportive of the Animal Relief idea.
“People who want to support this idea can join and share the Facebook campaign, and write to the BBC,” added Nock. “If anyone knows any celebrities who would be willing to add their voice, that would be great.”
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