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Powerful ally for charity which rescues and rehomes 600 animals annually

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 15 July 2020 6:30

Powerful ally for charity which rescues and rehomes 600 animals annually

A charity which rescues and rehomes more than 600 cats, dogs and small animals every year has been singled out for support by a well-known Gloucestershire law firm. 

Cheltenham Animal Shelter has won the support of spa-town headquarters Willans LLP, which has pledged to help raise funds for the hard-working group. 

A handful of the law firm’s charity committee met with key members of Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association (GAWA), which runs the shelter, to discuss ways in which they could help.

Founded in 1926, Cheltenham Animal Shelter (CAS) faces costs estimated at £650,000 annually, receives no government funding and relies on donations from the public and the generosity of local businesses and grant-making trusts. 

Pete Newcombe, centre manager, said: “We are extremely pleased that such a well-known and respected local law firm as Willans have chosen us to be their charity of the Year. 

“We very much look forward to working with them to raise awareness of the work of our charity in rehabilitating and rehoming cats, dogs and small animals and promoting pet welfare within the local community.” 

The team of around 80 staff at Willans LLP are busy planning a calendar of activity ranging from the wills, trusts and probate team’s ‘Purrfect Will’ make a will campaign to online fundraising ideas and as the pandemic restrictions ease, large fundraising events such as its popular bowling competition. 

In addition to raising funds, staff will also support the animal charity with volunteering. 

Bridget Redmond, managing partner at Willans, who described CAS as a “great local charity”, said: “The charity sector has been very badly affected by COVID-19 and there are many excellent causes in need of support. 

“Our staff voted and CAS was the clear winner. COVID-19 means we’ll need to be more innovative with our fundraising ideas this year - so watch this space.”