A Sheffield dog rescue has been saved from closure thanks to a donation from nightclub king Peter Stringfellow.
Nigel Holmes, founder of Helping Hands Dog Rescue, was ready to pack it all in after his van broke down for a third time while rehoming a dog.
Kind-hearted volunteers came to his rescue and Peter, the charity’s patron, has donated £3,000 to help it continue.
Nigel, aged 55 and from Hackenthorpe, said: “I was feeling that low that I was wanting to pack the rescue in.
“If I have to pay out £1,000 that’s 250 nights in kennels. It costs £4 a day to provide a dog with a kennel and food.
“Everyone rallied around and lifted my spirits.
“Peter has come along and said I will donate £3,000 to get the van sorted and the extra can go the rescue.”
Nigel set up the charity in 2009 when he was forced to give up his job as a commercial refrigeration engineer after suffering two heart attacks.
He estimates he has saved about 350 dogs, rescuing them from pounds where they face certain death.
He keeps the dogs in kennels in Bolsover while finding them a new home or giving them to other rescue to re-home.
And last year he set up a charity shop in the old Blue Bell pub in Hackenthorpe.
Nigel said: “The charity shop was a natural progression. I was looking at how much we raise in collection tins and had to look at other ways to generate money. The shop has far surpassed my expectations.”
Nigel is appealing for a business to sponsor his van or help to repair it, so he can use the donated money to help the dogs.
For more details visit www.helpinghandsdogrescue.org.uk