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Lottery winners donate to Biggin Hill animal rescue centre

PUBLISHED: 14:10 13 December 2010

Foal Farm fundraising manager Trevor Collom withTed and Marilyn Newton and their dog Poppy.

Foal Farm fundraising manager Trevor Collom withTed and Marilyn Newton and their dog Poppy.

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Lottery winners shared some of their £7.9 million winnings by donating two giant hampers full of animal equipment to a rescue centre.

Ted and Marilyn Newton, of Fleet Road, Dartford, won the National Lottery in July last year. The couple handed over the presents, filled with blankets and pet goodies, to Foal Farm in Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, last Thursday.

The animal-lovers, who own a Spaniel called Poppy, first became involved with Foal Farm some years ago after their pet was hit by a car, suffering three broken legs, a broken pelvis and a crushed jaw.

During her recovery the couple went on holiday and used a pet sitting service, Barking Mad, to take care of Poppy. Since then, they have looked after several dogs in return but rather than take a fee, they ask people to donate to Foal Farm.

Mr Newton, 70, said: “We recognise how lucky we have been in life, not only with a National Lottery win and a wonderful family, but also with the survival of our beautiful spaniel Poppy. The delivery of the hamper of goodies is our way of giving a little something back this Christmas.”

Foal Farm fundraising manager, Trevor Collom, said: “We are fortunate to be so well supported by our local community in all manner of ways but I have to admit this is the first time we have received a visit from National Lottery winners. These gifts will help to keep our resident animals entertained and comfortable through the winter months when things can get pretty tough.”

During 2009 Foal Farm successfully re-homed 225 dogs, 405 cats and 86 small animals.

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