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Fundraising chickens attacked by dogs
5:24pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
A SPECIAL brood of chickens that have helped raise £5,000 for charity have been killed by two dogs in Farley.
Lucy Rickman built up the collection of 35 birds, called the Pink Lady Hens, over the last six years and she delivers their eggs to people in the village twice a week to raise money for breast cancer charities. Ms Rickman began raising money for charity in memory of her friend, Katherine Gates, who died of breast cancer ten years ago, aged 40.
But on July 29, two dogs, both described as jack russells, got into Ms Rickman’s garden in The Street and killed 20 of her birds.
Ms Rickman, 50, was away at the time but her daughter found the dogs in with the birds when she went to shut them in for the night, at about 9pm.
“The attack was savage,” said Ms Rickman. “I just wish that the owners could see the devastation their actions have caused.” Some of the birds were left injured and Ms Rickman is unsure whether they will lay eggs again.
“I have one sole duck who is very lonely and one remaining cockerel who for the first few days after the attack would stand with his head on the floor he was so traumatised,” she said. The hens were worth about £450 and they had helped to raise about £5,000 for charity over the last five years.
This year, Ms Rickman has also completed the London Marathon, the London Moonwalk and the London2Brighton 100km 24 hour challenge, and together with her friend, Jackie Lilley, has also held fundraising events in the village. She said: “I was aiming to get my total up to £15,000 but now I have had to stop the egg round due to lack of eggs so it is going to be harder to do.”
Ms Rickman has decided to buy 20 more chickens, with the help of people in the village, to continue raising money for charity.
“The Pink Lady Hens will not be defeated by this,” she said. To donate to Ms Rickman’s fundraising efforts, visit walkthewalkfundraising.org/LucyJackiemadness.
A FURTHER 11 chickens were killed by two dogs in a garden in Clarendon Way, Alderbury, on August 5. A Wiltshire Police spokesman said officers are keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents are linked. Anyone with information about either of the attacks can call PCSO Stephanie Dutton on 101.
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