Volunteers sell more than 300 swan calendars to 'give back' to animal charity after 'much-loved' swan developed ulcer

A group of volunteers in Boldon have raised more than £1000 for an animal charity who helped nurse a poorly female swan back to health by producing a swan calendar which saw 300 sales.

The group, who check on the welfare of the wildlife in Boldon Pond, have raised £1150 for Pawz For Thought after a female swan was treated at the charity for an ulcer on her eye.

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Residents Carol Yung, Ann Walsh and Sharon Quinn posted daily updates and photographs of Bob on the page which now has over 1,200 members.

Pawz For Thought receive over £1000 from Boldon Pond swans calendar. Front Pawz for Thought founder Lynne Eddale and swans friend group Carol Yung.

In Spring of this year the trio announced that Bob had found a new partner who was named Faith by the group.

But in March on a daily visit to check the family, Faith had developed an ulcer on her eye and was taken in by the founder of Pawz for Thought, Lynne Ebdale.

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One of the volunteers Ann Walsh from East Boldon said: "Faith developed an ulcer on her eye and thanks to Lynne, the charity had her in their care for 12 days. As a thank you, the Facebook group decided to produce a calendar with all proceeds going to Pawz.”

Pawz For Thought receive over £1000 from Boldon Pond swans calender.

Following Faith’s recovery, she then produced four cygnets in June with three still surviving.

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The calendar was created by Carole Pritchard at CP Print with photographs taken by Carol Yung, who is one of the longest standing volunteers in the group, and the group sold 300 copies with help from Cafe Boldon who stocked copies.

Ann, 63 added: “There’s so many people who love the swans and the page has really taken off. I never thought I’d have such an interest in them but we all enjoy taking care of them.

"We really wanted to show our appreciation for Pawz, they’ve been such a great help and we just wanted to give something back to this amazing charity.”

Boldon Pond swans calendar.
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More than 300 copies of the Boldon Pond swans calendar were sold.
The group has raised more than £1000 for Pawz for Thought.