CEO to sleep rough for a week to raise vital funds for Ferne Animal Sanctuary


Ferne Animal Sanctuary, a Somerset-based charity dedicated to animal rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming, has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Kevan Hodges, will sleep rough for a week from June 19th to 25th. This is part of an urgent appeal for donations to support the sanctuary’s work.

Kevan will spend seven consecutive nights sleeping outside the charity’s stores in Devon and Somerset, visiting each town where Ferne Animal Sanctuary shops are located, including Chard, Crewkerne, Honiton, Ilminster, Sidmouth, Wellington, and Yeovil.

As CEO, Kevan’s challenge aims to raise awareness of the dire situations faced by animals before they are rescued by the sanctuary. All donations from this initiative will directly support Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s work.

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Located in the Natural Landscapes area of the Blackdown Hills near Chard, Somerset, the sanctuary cares for more than 300 animals on its 72-acre site.

“We rescue hundreds of animals each year who are often left in unimaginable conditions,” said Kevan Hodges, CEO of Ferne Animal Sanctuary. “By sleeping rough for seven nights at each of our charity shops in Devon and Somerset, I hope to raise vital funds for our surrendered, neglected, and abandoned animals. Every donation provides a life-saving chance for the animals we care for. Thank you for your continued support.”

All proceeds from Kevan’s initiative will support Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s urgent appeal, addressing the severe financial challenges the charity has faced in recent months. The funds raised will help provide food, shelter, care, and love for more than 300 animals living at the sanctuary.

To donate to Kevan’s challenge, please follow this link:

To offer support to the urgent appeal, please follow this link:

For more information about Ferne Animal Sanctuary, please visit


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