STAFF at an insurance company in Amesbury used their lunch breaks to help the animals orphaned in the Australian bush fires.

On Thursday, January 10, staff at Animal Friends Insurance got together over their lunch breaks to sew pouches for animals.

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

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 (photos of activity attached)

George, the Labrador, was exhausted just from watching all the activity (photo attached)

Claire Usher, Charity Manager from Animal Friends 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.”

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 Wildlife Fund – 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.”