The Star Opinion: Call for help touched hearts

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WHAT great news it is that the future of the Mill House Animal Sanctuary appears to be secure after this newspaper highlighted its plight.

Our story of how two women who have been providing care for abandoned dogs for six decades faced having to close the sanctuary because of one noise complaint was published around the world.

The two ladies, Jane Wright and Pat Hartley, faced heartbreak because they could not afford to fight the noise abatement order or to raise the money to pay for a sound-protective fence.

But Sheffield Council officers had no choice other than to proceed with the noise order, with the prospect of closing down the centre, because they had received a complaint from a neighbour.

As a result, solicitors came forward offering a free service to help the ladies defend the case, and our fantastic readers inundated them with donations to pay for the fence.

Now they have enough money to erect the barrier and if needs be can call on legal advice to fight the case.

As Pat tells The Star today: “It’s been overwhelming. I don’t think the dogs will be put down now.”

What a great result.

Olympic legacy cuts both ways

ONE of the key success criteria of the Olympic Games in 2012 was what legacy they would leave behind.

That has become clear here in the Sheffield region.

A council report reveals that the city received an economic boost of around £31m from increased participation in sport and the setting up of training camps from teams around the world.

The real legacy is a fitter, healthier city and, with our major sports venues reporting a sharp rise in gym memberships and a 75 per cent increase in attendances at athletics training, the benefit will soon filter through.

There is also a legacy factor for the elite athletes who train in this city, with a big increase in the amount of money being made available for our boxers.

The English Institute of Sport Sheffield was the training centre for gold medal winner Nicola Adams, and for other Olympic competitors in the ring.

The increased funding is recognition of the facilities we provide which contributed to their success.

But with success, there is also failure. And while we understand the disappointment of those involved in table tennis and volleyball who have had their funding wiped out, that is the rules of the game.

And the legacy cuts both ways.