A dog rescued after being dumped in a Turkish village is to have a new life in Eastbourne – thanks to the efforts of a local police officer and young customers at Skate World.
Pippa was rescued by Sussex Police officer Lee Wilsher and will be brought back to the town next month.
Customers at Skate World in Eastbourne’s Maple Road have been raising money to help Pippa settle in to her new life in the UK.
Lee said, “This is the second dog I have brought over.
“Her name is Pippa and she is adorable.
“She was dumped in the seaside village of Kalkan in Turkey with her brother and sister.
“She is being looked after by an English couple who help foster dogs before she comes to the UK.”
Lee said one of the customers at Skate World, 11-year-old boy Cameron Erridge, made a donation box and put it on the counter at the venue.
Around £50 has been raised.
Lee said, “Young people should be rewarded.
“There is always so much negativity.
“I have been going to Skate World for a year now and love watching these young kids having fun with respect for one another and for who they come into contact with.
“I work for Sussex Police with young people so for me it’s great to see something so positive.
“Cameron, kindly and without asking took it upon himself to a donation box, to me a real inspiration.”
Pippa is due to arrive in Eastbourne on November 12.
Skate World opened last year and is a community skating venue for people of all ages.
As well as roller discos, after school clubs, the venue also hosts competitions and family sessions.
Skate World is at Unit 5, 16a Maple Road.
The venue’s patron is Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd.