Nicky Wire donates signed CDs, promos and photos to the cash-strapped All Creatures Great And Small sanctuary in Cwmbran...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS bass player NICKY WIRE has helped save his local animal rescue sanctuary from closure.

The Blackwood-born rocker gave his mum a bag full of signed CDs, promos and photos to pass on to the cash-strapped All Creatures Great and Small sanctuary in Cwmbran, South Wales.

An online auction of the Manics goodies helped raise thousands towards the £150,000 needed to keep the sanctuary up and running. Today (October 2) manager Viv Harris announced that the appeal had been a total success – and that it would continue to serve sick local animals.

Wire said: “I am delighted to hear the good news. So many kind people have dedicated themselves to fundraising for the sanctuary and I am pleased that the welfare of the animals is now secure. Best wishes to everyone concerned.”

Nicky’s mum, Mrs Irene Jones, said: “Nick does care a lot about animals. I think he gives a lot of donations to animal charities on the quiet.”

Helen Adams star of TV’s Big Brother, and Miss Wales Sophia-Kate Cahill also took part in fundraising events for the sanctuary, which has so far saved 4,000 creatures from death.