A NORTH Pennines animal rescue service has contributed to a national charity's auction.

Pennines Wildlife Rescue, based at Carrshield, has played it's part in the One Voice for Animals UK’s Christmas Auction with a dedicated lot of a handcrafted cotton elephant made from African wax prints.

The One Voice for Animals UK Appeal was set up in April to support wildlife and domestic animal rescue centres and sanctuaries struggling due to the Covid crisis.

When lockdown struck, the centres lose their volunteers and fundraising ability, at the same time as dealing with huge increases in abandoned pets as a result of the lockdown.

The auction is open from November 29 to Saturday, December 5, with 250 lots to bid on.

Winning bids for some of the lots will be paid to the specific rescue who donated the lot, while winners can choose which rescue charity to support on other lots.

During the first lockdown, Val Green saw her local rescues’ pleas for help on social media.

Val gathered a small team of volunteers and set up www.helpanimals.co.uk, a directory of almost 300 animal organisations, caring for around 22,000 animals between them.

Volunteers behind the website hope it will enable the public to easily find and support rescue charities and centres in their local area.