A Bury St Edmunds supermarket has backtracked on its decision to withdraw support for a local animal charity following enquiries by the Bury Free Press.
Bury’s Stray Cat Fund was asked around six weeks ago to remove its collection bin from Sainsbury’s in Bedingfeld Way, Moreton Hall.
Shoppers had been leaving food, toys and other essentials in the bin for at least eight years, providing much-needed support to the Bury-based charity which looks after domestic and feral cats and kittens in and around the town.
Donations each month included around 288 food pouches, 20 boxes of biscuits, a further 20 tins of food, some broken or part bags of litter and a few toys.
Ricky Wright, a re-homer for the charity, said not having the bin at the store had made a ‘big difference’ as the charity had been used to emptying it twice weekly and had been forced to buy in cheap food to help make up the shortfall.
“It’s nothing to them but to a small charity like us it’s a big thing,” he said.
Mr Wright said the bin was unmanned and ‘hidden out the way’, but Sainsbury’s had asked for it to be removed because of a ‘change in company policy’ aimed at preventing customers from feeling pressured to donate.
A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said the policy only referred to the use of collection buckets and that Bury’s Stray Cat Fund’s bin had been removed because of a ‘miscommunication’ and would be reinstated as soon as possible.
“We’re sorry for any confusion caused,” she said.
The bin was taken back to the store on Tuesday.