A Lincolnshire animal rescue charity says it has nearly £ 1,700 out of pocket after ordering a new repair shop.
Wild Things Rescue, based between Tattershall and Woodhall Spa, ordered the workshop on Jan.
However, attempts to get the money back from the charity’s founder, Lucy Steele, were unsuccessful.
The 28-year-old said: “I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken.
“I’m also disappointed because we worked really hard to get the money for it.
“We’re getting a lot of people asking about volunteering and schools and colleges asking about work experience, but we won’t be able to accept volunteers until next summer.
“It was really just one thing at a time – we couldn’t raise funds last year because of Covid, but this year we looked up because we got that scholarship.
“But that really ruined everything.
“We had so many people volunteering last year and it’s so good for mental health.
“This workshop should be a meeting place and also a hospital hub for the animals.
“We are about to enter the hedgehog season and two nearby hedgehog rescues are closed, so we will get even closer to us.”
Lucy placed the order with ENB Garden Buildings on May 18th, paid £ 1,680 as a deposit for the 6 x 4.4m workshop and was given 12 weeks notice with an invoice.
Despite emailing and telephoning the company based on the Mount Pleasant Trading Estate in Wisbech, Lucy has not had any contact from the company since July 3 when a receipt was sent to her.
She did not receive the receipt and is now considering going to the police to get her money back.
Lucy founded Wild Things Rescue in 2017 and currently has around 50 animals cared for by 40 volunteers.
This year it has adopted around 700 animals.
The ENB Garden Buildings website does not appear to be active at the moment.
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