Grant helps St Giles Animal Rescue Center equip a new cattery

An animal rescue center has built a new, modern cattery with the help of a grant from the Cash for Charities campaign.

St Giles Animal Rescue Center received £5,407.29 in December after being nominated by readers of Newquest’s Somerset titles, including the county gazette.

The money came from the Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Newsquest’s parent company.

St Giles, which is based in Wrantage, used its share of the money to outfit the new enclosures and help defray the costs of installing its electricity and flooring.

He also helped defray the costs of making the new facility accessible to the charity’s disabled and elderly customers.

The cattery was opened by florist Grace Haskins and her Pet Rescue Ambassador dog Luna on May 14.

Around £1,700 from his Cash for Charities grant was set aside to build a roof between the existing cattery and the new block.

Jenny Green, a St Giles fundraising volunteer and former Trustee Chair, said: ‘Last year coming out of lockdown we had so many cats that came into the cattery before the news was over – we were full. There were a huge number of them.

“Now we can board and save many more. We can now accommodate many more cats, including pregnant cats and cats with kittens. »

The new cattery opened in May. Photo: St Giles Animal Rescue Center

She added: “The timing couldn’t have been better. Donations dropped during the lockdown and we were very grateful for the grants.

The donations – including one from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – have helped St Giles continue its work during the pandemic, alongside the launch of an online store.

“We were pretty savvy,” Jenny said.

“At the time the lockdown was announced in March 2020, we realized we would not be able to hold our big fundraising events.

“There were fewer opportunities for us to organize and attend events, so we moved everything online to continue receiving funds.”

Jan Brooks, Chairman of the Trustees of St Giles, added: “On behalf of the Board and myself, can I say a huge thank you for the very generous amount of money we have received.

“I hope you feel we have used the money wisely in our fight to ensure that our rescue animals, and indeed all animals, have the best chance for a happy and fulfilling life.”

St Giles is now able to stage its major fundraising events again, including its annual Fun Dog Show, which takes place on Saturday 11 September.

The event will take place at Hatch Beauchamp Playing Fields between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will feature plenty of classes, booths, entertainment, food and refreshments.

The Cash for Charities campaign was relaunched this year, with a share of £16,000 being made available to local charities as part of £128,000 across the UK.

Making a nomination couldn’t be easier.

Simply log on to www.countygazette.co.uk/readerschoice and complete your nomination form.

Or you can write to us confirming the name and address of the charity you wish to nominate and why: Readers’ Choice Cash For Charity Nominations, Tanger Central, Castle St, Taunton, TA1 4AS before the closing date of the Sunday, September 11, 2022.


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Qualification criteria:
• Applicants must be registered charities.

• Applicants must not have received a grant from us in the last two years
• Preference should be given to projects that support those in our communities that are neglected or underserved.

Grants will not be awarded for:

• Salaries, professional fees, or day-to-day operating or maintenance costs of the charity (but this does not exclude these expenses being essential to a specific project)

• General calls as opposed to specific projects or equipment

• Projects that do not benefit our local communities

• Political or religious objectives, or projects that discriminate in favor of particular ethnic or religious groups (but this does not exclude religious organizations offering charitable support to the sick or needy without discrimination)

• Public or private schools (other than specialized schools)

• Hospitals (other than hospices)

• Community interest corporations that are not registered charities.

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