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The four-legged residents of Cannon Hall Farm are tucking into bags of goodies donated by their Barnsley neighbours Approved Food.

The online retailer this week delivered two pallets of animal feed to the attraction, that has been closed to visitors since lockdown began in March.

Animals at the farm – including pigs, cows, dogs, birds and reindeer – will all benefit from the donation, arranged by Approved Food’s charity volunteer Neil Waine.

Neil volunteers two days a week at the company, co-ordinating donations to good causes. Earlier this month, several pallets of food and essentials went to homeless charities throughout West and South Yorkshire.

Approved Food MD Andy Needham said: “It’s important not to forget about the animals in these troubling times, so we took down two pallets full of food for our ‘neighbours’ at Cannon Hall.

“Lockdown has been tough on attractions such as this – they still have to feed and care for the animals even when there’s no income from visitors – so we’re happy to help in any way we can.

“In normal times it’s a fantastic family day out and hopefully it will be open again soon.”

A spokesman for Cannon Hall said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Approved Food, who have donated some animal food to us a Cannon Hall Farm.

“Our visitor attraction is our main source of income and, even though we are closed, the animals all still need to be fed. We are so grateful for Approved Food’s support at this time.”

The farm, at Cawthorne, Barnsley, is not only a popular visitor attraction but is also a working farm, producing around 1,000 pigs, 900 lambs and 300 cattle each year. Similar attractions across the UK have struggled to feed their animals as a result of closures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.