Set up by Val Marshall in 1997 to help pets and people in North Craven, the work of Bentham & District Pet Rescue is as important now as it was then.
To celebrate, past and present supporters gathered at Bentham Golf Club recently to enjoy afternoon tea. Chairman Rob Bullock spoke about the hundreds of animals that have been cared for during the last two decades and found new homes. He also recognised that volunteers have made a valuable contribution over the years and continue to raise much needed funds to enable the charity’s work to continue.
A presentation was made to founder and Honorary President, Val Marshall, pictured here with her husband, Peter, a former Treasurer of the organisation.
Also, the award for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ was presented to Louise Pauley (pictured with Rob Bullock). This is a new trophy, made by Stonegate Glass of Ingleton, to commemorate dedicated volunteer Marion Casey of Settle who died suddenly last year.
We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Bentham’s three local causes who are to benefit from the Co-op’s Community Fund this year.
As a member, every time you shop at the Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the local community fund. And you can choose which cause you want your 1% to go to.
Simply go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk, click on ‘Membership’ and sign in. (If you’re not already a member, you’ll need to register first.) You can then choose the local cause you want to support.
Of course we hope you’ll choose our project – though all three are deserving causes!
We’re aiming to run a scheme to re-home older pets left without a home when their elderly companion dies or moves into nursing care.
We’ll cover the cost of vet bills, specialist food, plus any additional care for elderly pets needing a home so as to encourage people to take on older animals as foster carers, and provide equipment to assist elderly people to take on (or keep) pets as companions.
We hope our project will help the many elderly pet lovers in our local community in two ways: it will meant those enjoying the companionship of a pet will have the peace of mind of knowing that we will look after their pet’s future when they no longer can, and we hope to encourage many others to share their homes with a pet knowing they have our support, both financially and with practical help.