“Chocs-Away” For Local Charity

Rescue dog, Pip, is the face of a new chocolate bar launched by Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in conjunction with The Chocolate Cafe, with the aims of raising money for the charity.

The Edenfield Bleakholt sanctuary had tried to rehome the Lhasa Apso-cross-Bichon six times but due to behavioural difficulties, he has been returned to the sanctuary – wagging his tail regardless!

It’s decided that the six-year-old will probably live out his life with other dogs that can’t be rehomed, along with horses, donkeys, pigs, hens and other animals who reside at the 55- acre site.

Bleakholt rehomes around 1,600 animals per year, including cats and small animals, and they have continued this during the coronavirus pandemic. But due to not being able to have visitors, the sanctuary’s income has been declining.

The Chocolate Cafe in Ramsbottom decided to help out the sanctuary with this, and the new chocolate bars are now on sale at the cafe with Pip on the front. Every few months, the chocolate bars will feature a different animal to highlight a bit of background about each animal featured and promote the good work Bleakholt does with animals in the community.

President of the sanctuary and Hits Radio host, Gemma Atkinson, said: “This combines two of my favourite things – animals and chocolate! It’s great that a local business like The Chocolate Cafe is supporting a local charity and they are working together to help raise money. “I have two dogs, Norman and Ollie, who are loved to bits and I know the good work Bleakholt does with all their animals. Pip is a lovely dog who unfortunately struggles in a home but can live out a brilliant life at Bleakholt.”

The Chocolate Cafe owner, Phil Hargreaves, who makes all his own chocolate on-site, said: “I think it’s important for businesses to support the local community and local charities. My wife is an animal behaviourist, and when Bleakholt asked us for a hamper donation for a raffle, we wanted to do more. Lockdown has been hard for charities, but hopefully, this can help!”

Phil told Your Local BURY, “So far, the response has been great and I’m working hard in the shop to make sure these handmade Pip chocolate orders are getting completed and being sent out.”

The limited-edition chocolate bars are available from The Chocolate Cafe and from Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary priced £4 each, or three for £10. And remember, as cute as they are, these chocolates are for humans only, not pup-friendly!




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