Leona Lewis releases charity Christmas jumpers and announces her engagement

Celeb Mix
By: Katrina Rees
Photo: Courtesy of Leona Lewis

Photo Caption: This is Chewy, the sweetest, most curious alpaca you will ever meet who is now living a healthy , happy life with the rest of the alpaca gang at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.

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British songstress Leona Lewis has released a range of unique Christmas jumpers to raise money for the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.

The range of seven jumpers feature fun slogan designs and images of the real life animals at the sanctuary. All profits from the jumpers, priced at £30 each, will be donated to the sanctuary and used to keep the 500 animal residents happy, healthy and safe.

The jumpers include kitten, goat, alpaca, and animal gang designs, whilst you can also get your hands on a pink ‘Sleigh All Day’ offering, a Magical Unicorn sweatshirt and a ‘One More Sheep’ jumper, a clever sheep inspired play on words of Leona’s hit ‘One More Sleep’.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, which is located near Brentwood, Essex, is a charitable cause which is very close to Leona’s heart. The ‘Bleeding Love’ star has been a trustee of the sanctuary since 2011.

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Griff Rhys Jones invites Oliver to meet his alpacas at his Suffolk home

East Anglian Daily Times
By: Dominic Moffitt
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

Original content from East Anglian Daily Times.  

Celebrity writer and comedian Griff Rhys Jones gave one boy a very special day as he invited him to his Suffolk home to meet his alpacas.

Mr Rhys Jones, who famously wrote and appeared in sketches for Not The Nine O’clock News, recently finished a world stand-up tour and will be performing a special gig in December for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).

In the run up to the show, the comedian invited 11-year-old Oliver Thomas, with his dad Bryn, 49, and mum Angela, 46, to meet Fairmount, Heskey and the rest of his beautiful black alpacas.

Oliver lives with severe mental and physical disabilities resulting from a rare chromosomal abnormality and EACH provides vital respite care for his parents.

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Meet Gus, the ASBO alpaca from Derbyshire

Ilkeston Advertiser
By: Michael Broomhe
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Original content from Ilkeston Advertiser.  

An angry alpaca from Derbyshire has appeared on a TV show about problematic pets.

Alpaca Gus was one of the stars of Channel 4's Embarrassing Pets, which revealed an interesting mix of animal problems. Juliette Stevens - who has a herd of alpacas at her Derbyshire farm - attended the Embarrassing Pets clinic with Gus.

The 50-year-old said: "He thinks he's human, always has. "It turns out his mother wasn't able to feed him at birth and he was hand-reared - this means he actually thinks he's a human. "When I put him in the field with my other alpacas, he ignored them."

While Juliette describes Gus as 'such an affectionate soul when he's in a good mood', she has also become concerned about his bad behaviour. "If he isn't getting enough attention, he will attack," she added.

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Christmas alpacas to wander the streets of Painswick

Stroud News & Journal
By: Jaye McGowan
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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 Santa Clause will reside in his caravan grotto for the Goodwill Evening, but he will be the one expecting the presents this year - they will be donated to the Salvation Army and passed on to families who need them the most.

However, he will take lists from the children, to help him decide what presents to bring them on Christmas day.

The evening will incorporate traditional children's games, craft stalls, hot food and a few special surprises in keeping with this year's theme, 'extending goodwill to all'.

 There will also be a special visit from the Christmas alpacas, before they are needed on Christmas Eve.

This year, maps will be free from The Painswick Centre in return for a foodbank donation - they highlight the villages attractions and show children where they can collect stickers.

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