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Leicester animal charity faces drop in donations

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Image caption The charity raises money from weekend fund raisers

An animal charity fundraiser in Leicester is worried that a drop in donations may result in a deterioration of its welfare work.

Sarah Washington of Leicester Animal Aid said the group raised £500,000 last year, but donations had dropped to only £180,000 so far this year.

The organisation rescues stray cats and dogs and finds homes for them.

Mrs Washington said the group does not have any government funding so it depends entirely on donations.

"We would have to seriously look at the number of animals we care for if donations do not increase," she said.

Animal Aid usually has a reserve fund to last about 12 months but that has dropped to six months, she said.

The group raises money from fundraising events that are held almost every weekend of the year, and from sales at its charity shop and from bequests.

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