Typhoon gives charity shop paws for thought

'Tess' and Save the Children helpers.
'Tess' and Save the Children helpers.

A charity shop in Pocklington has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Save the Children, on Market Place, has been asking customers to make donations in return for patting or stroking ‘Tess’ the dog, who belongs to one of the volunteers at the shop, Val Horn.

So far, Tess - a labrador lurcher cross - has helped raise more than £160 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, which includes a £100 donation from one customer.

Jean Mead, team leader at Save the Children’s Pocklington branch, said: “We wanted a way to raise extra money for the Philippines. We jokingly said what if we charged people to pat Tess the dog.

“We decided to ask people to give donations every time they give her a stroke or pat. We are very pleased. We didn’t expect it to take off like it has.”