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.
Thanks you to everyone who supported our 2018 Christmas Raffle. This raised a total of £442 for our charity.
Winner of the Spanish Villa holiday accommodation was Mrs Glenys McMahon of Clapham. Other prize winners were Ms E Sargeson (Settle), Ms K Kelly (High Bentham), Mrs A Duckworth (Hellifield), Ms S Mann (Newby) and Mrs Craven (Settle).
We ended 2018 on quite a high! Our coffee morning and Christmas Fair at Clapham on 8 December was a jolly event which raised £510.30, followed by the annual Christmas Raffle draw (with winners listed on our ‘News’ page) and a ‘Jacob’s Join’ festive lunch for all our volunteers added excitement! Thanks to everyone who has helped at our events during 2018.
On top of this, we need to thank the Co-op Community Fund and all the local members who contributed to the massive sum of £3,624.62 that was presented to our President in Bentham to mark the end of our spell as one of the three chosen local charities for 2018. Huge thanks to all.