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Fundraising News

Well here we are once again, it’s March, which means only one thing for us all here at Otterspool, our “Fundraising Merry-go-round” is once more about to kick into action with another year of hectic weekends, behind the scenes planning, praying for good weather and all the other things that go into making our fund raisers a success. But before we jump on board for this years ride lets take a look back at the final few events of 2016.

The last of our main fund raisers, as usual was the Xmas Fair, which was held on Sunday 6th November. We are often asked why we hold this event so early in November and the simple answer is that over the years we have found that once you get to the middle of November foot fall at these events declines, hence we always try to arrange it within the first two weeks of the month. Our strategy obviously paid off once again as there was a reasonable turnout on what was quite a pleasant day and we raised a very respectable £1200.00.

Very often in the lead up to Christmas we find that various supporters, groups, organisations etc, get involved, often on our behalf, with their own charitable fund raising events and 2016 was no different as throughout November we were fortunate enough to receive some very welcome donations.

Firstly we received a letter from The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Trust which contained a cheque for £100.00. The letter explained that we had been nominated for the award, but due to Data Protection law they were not at liberty to reveal the name/s of the person/s involved. So if the person/s involved are reading this now, may we say a big “Thank You” for your support.

Later in the month we were once again the recipients, of donations collected from the staff of our old friends at Hazel Grove based O’ Neill Patient Solicitors, who had raised the sum of £743.87 which we received through our Virgin Money Giving page. Donations through this route are always quite a surprise as we usually know nothing about them until we receive our bank statement and the money has actually been transferred electronically to our account.

We do try to keep track of donations made through Virgin Money Giving and try to respond wherever we can, however if you have made a donation using this media and we have not responded, besides the automatically generated reply from the site, we do apologise and thank you for your kindness.

Moving on to December we were once again the recipients of a very welcome donation from another group of old friends at Altrincham & District Dog Training Society whose magnanimous support we have been the beneficiaries of several times over the years. This time they had sent us a cheque for £200.00.

Also during the month we spent a couple of Sundays, with a small fund raising stall, in the Pets at Home store in Altrincham. Every year during December, Pets at Home stores throughout the country along with their charitable arm, Support Adoption For Pets, run a Christmas fund raiser known as “The Santa Paws Appeal” whereby when making a purchase customers are asked if they would like to contribute to a rescue animals Christmas dinner.

Our reason for being there was due to the fact that we had been nominated as the Altrincham stores partner animal rescue charity for the year. The small amount of money raised from the stall was really a bonus as the main reason for our presence was to make the public aware of where their donations would be going. We are very pleased to say that thanks to the generosity of the people of Altrincham and surrounding district, as well as the hard working staff of the Pets at Home store, we received a cheque for £1070.92, which was presented to our Chairperson, Margaret, and our lovely greyhound Harry at the store in February this year.

In addition to the various monetary donations mentioned above we were also the recipients of gifts including various dog & cat food, toys and treats collected in the run up to Christmas, from the following businesses & their clients; Albany Veterinary Clinic, Marple Veterinary Centre and The Royal Bank of Scotland in Hazel Grove.