A BRADFORD on Avon based teacher is “delighted” with donations for homeless people and forgotten pets left near the town’s Giving Tree in Lamb Yard.

For the past three years, Chris Curtis has organised the Giving Tree as the focal point for donations to Julian House, the hostel for the homeless in Bath, and to Bath Cats and Dogs Home.

Mr Curtis, who lives in Bradford on Avon and teaches at Frome College, says residents have been incredibly generous, adding: “It has been a record-breaking year. We have had donations left every day since November 28 when the Christmas lights were switched on.

“The people of Bradford on Avon have been incredibly generous and I am really pleased and proud that both charities have been strongly supported.”

Mr Curtis had invited residents and visitors to leave donations of food for homeless people and forgotten pets during the run up to Christmas.

People were urged to donate dog/cat food, dog/cat toys, pet blankets, rice, cereals, tea/coffee sugar and toiletries. There was also a postal address for cash donations.

Mr Curtis delivered the donations to the two charities on Friday, December 22, saying he was “delighted” with the public response to the project.

Rachel Jones, Head of Fundraising for Bath Cats and Dogs Home, said: “This is the third year running that the Giving Tree has been in place and gifts of treats and toys for the animals in our care is so appreciated.

“This will make their lives a little happier this Christmas whilst they are waiting to find their new forever homes. Our warmest wishes to all those who are able to donate.”

Julian House area funding manager Cathy Adcock said: ‘Everyone at Julian House is extremely grateful for all the support from the Bradford on Avon community.

“The donated items to the Giving Tree are very needed and it’s also very encouraging for the men and women staying at Julian House to know that the community are thinking about them.”