Jane: “I had a broken leg and arm and I still carried on working”

By Josh Reaney

Jane Wright, 72, from Fullwood, runs Millhouse animal sanctuary – a charity that looks after neglected animals from all over the country.

With 105 animals to look after and only a small group of dedicated volunteers, she says maintaining the sanctuary can be very hard work.

“I get up at 6 in the morning and I’m still going at 9 at night. That’s every day of the week.”


“You have to do these things when you work for yourself. I’ve never known anything else but hard work.”

Not even a broken leg and arm stops Jane working.

“I once slipped carrying two buckets down the road. I had a broken leg and a broken arm at the same time and I still carried on working.”

“I was in a lot of pain but I took a load of pain killers and carried on.”

Despite all this, she says seeing the animals getting better makes it all worthwhile.

“When we get some really sick animals come in that’s the motivation – when you see them getting better.”

Not every animal Jane takes in can be saved and she admits losing them can be tough.

“It’s heart-breaking when you have to have them put down.”

We don’t have anything put to sleep unless it is either desperately ill or its too nasty.”

“It’s part of the job you have to accept it.”

With no plans for the future, Jane wants to carry on running the sanctuary for as long as she can.

“I want to keep it going as long as I can and as long as I’m able.”

“Obviously I can’t live for ever but you never know I could be like David Attenborough and live till 90.”




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