Pensioner to the rescue to keep Los Montesinos charity shop open

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TO THE RESCUE: Ivan Cottrell has volunteered to ensure the Los Montesinos shop re-opened.

A CHARITY shop helping raise crucial operating funds for the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre has reopened after an 82 year-old man kindly stepped forward as a volunteer.

The Los Montesinos shop, located in the town square, had been shut for several weeks due to a lack of volunteer staff.

Rescue centre co-founder Sue Weeding said British expat Ivan Cottrell called early this month asking why the shop was closed, and promptly offered to step in when he learned of the difficulties: “He took over as manager of the shop and began single-handedly running it, six days a week. He’s now managed to round up three other lovely volunteers to help him and we’re so grateful. He really proves that you’re never too old to volunteer.”

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Sue added: “However, we do have other charity shops that are struggling to stay open due to a lack of volunteers, especially the Pilar de la Horadada shop. If there’s anyone out there who would like to help out, we’d be grateful to hear from you.”

Those interested in volunteering can call Sue on 652 021 980.

Sue said the centre is also looking for donations of large items such as furniture, and a pick-up service can be arranged to collect them from your house.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies solely on donations to fund its animal welfare work. Every cent donated to the centre in Rojales or spent in the charity shops goes towards the feeding and care of the more than 90 horses, ponies and donkeys that live at the centre.

The rescue centre opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm. For more details and directions visit: www.easyhorsecare.net

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