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Sparkworld has donated a selection of domestic appliances and kitchen tools to Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium. “These things may not be sexy, but they are vital!” says Jenny Paton from Living Coasts. “The hand blender is used for preparing fish for feeding birds. And sometimes we make fish soup to syringe feed the rays, especially if youngsters need feeding up. The dishwasher is used to clean animal feed bowls. “Sparkworld have also given us a kettle for the keepers so they can have a hot cup of tea after working out in the cold and the wet all morning!” These ordinary, everyday items help make life that little bit easier for zoo keepers who are rushed off their feet caring for hundreds of animals. The items were on a wish list put together by staff at Living Coasts. Sparkworld co-founder Marian Crausaz explained: “We are pleased to be members of the SOS Club. We pay part of our membership fee in goods which the keepers need. It’s a really good arrangement.” Sparkworld, who are a major domestic appliance retailer and wholesaler with premises at Heathfield near Newton Abbot and at Martock in Somerset, are also sponsoring the charity’s Mistletoe Ball in December. They have also donated a range of appliances to Paignton Zoo.

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