Remember the goats that invaded a Welsh town in lockdown? They have done great things since

Lisa Walden
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Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images

From Country Living

Back in March this year, a herd of Kashmiri goats made headlines for descending on the empty streets of Llandudno in Wales while residents were in lockdown — but what have they been up to since? Well, it's lovely news...

The shaggy goats have helped St David's Hospice in the small Welsh town raise over £120,000. This has given the care provider the financial lifeline it needed.

Following the global media attention, which reported the group of marauding goats helping themselves to flowers from locals' gardens for lunch, St David's Hospice began selling goat-printed merchandise. The collection included mugs, tote bags, clothing items and soft toys and were sold in the gift shop. The idea was an attempt to give the shop a much-needed boost after a funding crisis.

By May this year, the team had raised a whopping £50,000 by selling the goat-themed products. "Without that boost and all of the interest that we got from the goats, we wouldn't be where we are now. We wouldn't be trying to develop new services," Glenys Sullivan from the hospice told BBC Breakfast.

"COVID-19 has totally transformed life at the hospice. We had to unfortunately reduce our visiting for patients and the buzz of the place changed once the cafe had closed."

The team now hope that the goats can help to save Christmas for the local hospice too. A new fun festive collection — including 1,000 limited-edition cuddly toys — are being sold to help the hospice make the money it needs to survive.

For more information on how you can donate or purchase the items, head over to their website.

Remember the goats invading the town? Take a look at the images below...

Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images

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