Community comes together to help Australia at intu Milton Keynes

Posted 21st January 2020

Over 100 people from Milton Keynes came together at The Zip Yard, intu Milton Keynes to make pouches to send to Australia.

Crowds gathered at the shopping destination from 4pm – the youngest helper just seven years old and the eldest, 90 – all wanting to give something to help the animals that have lost their habitat to bushfire.

Collectively, they cut, stitched and fashioned over 1,000 pouches in total, which will now be sent to Australia to give young animals such as Joeys, Possums and Koala’s support in growth.

It is estimated that one billion animals have already lost their lives. After seeing the reports on TV, staff at The Zip Yard launched an appeal that went viral and reached close to a million people across the world.

“The response has been phenomenal, we’ve had messages of support from all around the world,” said Russell Golding, owner of The Zip Yard Milton Keynes. He added: “Sunday’s event was wonderful and incredibly humbling to see so many people from all generations come together, give up their time, and help a country thousands of miles away. The sense of community spirit was fantastic and I’m thankful to every single person that has donated in some way.”

Shelley Peppard, centre director at intu Milton Keynes said, “Well done to The Zip Yard for taking on a great initiative and for bringing together a community. Through everyone’s efforts, their hard work will have an extremely positive impact on the welfare of animals in Australia.”

The Zip Yard is located at the top of the escalator on the first floor of intu Milton Keynes above O2 and opposite Five Guys.

Find out more about intu Milton Keynes at and check out The Zip Yard online at For more information on the pouch project, visit The Zip Yard Milton Keynes’ Facebook page at