Hedon residents back cash-strapped RSPCA’s bid to rebuild centre!
Kind-hearted Hedon residents are taking on a charity challenge in aid of the Hull and East Riding Branch of the RSPCA as it continues to face a funding crisis to rebuild its premises.
Charity Fun Night supporting RSPCA Clough Road Animal Rescue Centre
Hed’On Inn, Watmough’s Arcade, Hedon
Monday 15 April 2019
7pm – 11pm
Tickets for the charity night cost £1 each and are available from the Inn.
Although the Clough Road Animal Rescue Centre is still housing cats, ferrets and rabbits, its dog kennels have closed for the foreseeable future until enough funds are raised to rebuild. The branch needs to raise £1 million in order to fully rebuild the centre and only £100,000 of the required £367,000 has been raised to complete the new dog kennel block phase. The charity team, which is mainly made up by volunteers, still has a long way to go to reach its ultimate fundraising goal. The branch has recently been supported by foster carers, who have helped the charity to continue its work helping the most desperate dogs to find homes, until the kennels are rebuilt.
Now, Hedon resident and animal-lover Kate Grills has organised a charity night packed with entertainment in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the charity, enlisting the help of local residents and regulars in the Hed’on Inn, where she works behind the bar.
Members of the public are invited to the Hed’on Inn in Watmough’s Arcade, Hedon, from 7pm to 11pm, on Monday, April 15th, where regulars Dave Ellis and Simon Stevens have agreed to take on shaving and waxing challenges to help raise additional funds. Dave, who hasn’t had a haircut since February 2018, will have his hair shaved off, while Simon will have his chest and back waxed, with the aim of raising at least £1,000 between the pair.
A raffle, auction and other fundraising activities will also be held on the night, and compere Dean Moon will provide entertainment with karaoke and disco. The event has been backed by the Hedon community, with businesses donating raffle and auction prizes to boost the chances of raising additional funds.
Kate said: “I’ve always supported my local RSPCA and I’m disappointed the charity gets minimal national funding, so it relies so much on the local community for support. The base in Clough Road has never been fully revamped since it opened in 1938 and the kennels have been deemed unsafe to house dogs. The RSPCA Hull and East Riding Branch is a valuable and trusted charity, and the go-to place when animals are in need. But it can’t carry on its amazing work without our support.
“Some of these dogs are traumatised and require specialist attention. While the kennels are shut, these services are unavailable. This leaves a cloud of uncertainty, which I and many others are not very comfortable with.
“I’m so touched and proud to be surrounded by such fabulous people who want to support me in what we are trying to achieve.”
Dave, who has lived in Hedon for 20 years, said: “We have a Cocker Spaniel at home called ‘Weiser’ and he is a huge part of our family. I can’t imagine our lives without him and this is a cause which is really close to my heart. The branch does such a wonderful job and all of the money we raise will be donated directly to the Clough Road Centre to help the charity rebuild and maintain a future for the animals which need it. We want to make sure we’ve done our bit towards ensuring these animals have the best chance in life going forward. Having my hair shaved is a small experience to go through in comparison to what these animals are facing and it’s my pleasure to help Kate in her fundraising quest. I just hope it’s a warm Spring!”
Simon said he hopes the charity night in Hedon will inspire others to take the cause to their hearts. He said: “We hope as many people as possible will join us in supporting this charity. The thought of dogs not being able to have a temporary home at the RSPCA Hull and East Riding Branch is terrible and it’s so important to get behind this. I’m sure there are a few people who are willing to see me lose my body hair in the name of a good cause, so I hope to see some familiar – and new – faces on the night.”
Alison Ripley, General Manager at the Hull and East Riding branch of the RSPCA, said the charity relies on the support of the local community and recent times have been a struggle. She said: “We are so very grateful that Kate, Dave, Simon and their friends at the Hed’on Inn are supporting our kennel rebuild. Our cattery, ferret unit and dog kennels were condemned as no longer fit for purpose, all within the same year, which was devastating for us. Through dedicated ferret and cat care grants, and through support from our wonderful local ferret and cat-owner community, we managed to build a new ferret unit and upgrade our cattery.
“We are now focusing all of our effort on rebuilding our dog kennels. Through local support, grants and businesses we have managed to raise over £100,000 towards this, but we still have a long way to go.”
Alison said the new kennels must be built to the highest standards to meet modern animal welfare regulations and will be almost double the size of the charity’s current cramped kennels, as well as being undercover and heated. She added: “Some of the dogs we take in have been so badly beaten or left with severe untreated injuries that they are on their last legs. We are determined to provide them with the most comfortable home we can while we nurse them back to health.
“It is heart-warming to see how the local community is really getting behind us. If you or your business could help us in any way, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or pop down to our centre on Clough Road in Hull to buy a brick.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Dave and Simon can donate by visiting the Hed’on Inn, or by calling 07957 502 801. Brick certificates, which will form part of the new kennels, will be sold on the night at a cost of £5 each.