At Wyreside Lakes our charity work is very close to our hearts. The late Bob Birkin was a huge animal lover and his passion were mainly donkeys and dogs. He was a staunch supporter of The Brooke and now following in his footsteps, his daughter Sally, also shares the same passion for animal care.
As an established business in the Northwest we have always fundraised over the for the past 28 years but 4 years ago our attention was drawn to the plight of dog, cat and donkey charities both foreign and domestic and we feel it is ever more important to support these charities as these poor defenceless animals have no voice of their own. This coupled with the devastating effects of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has meant that funding has been very limited globally and we feel that it is imperative that we try to help by giving these charities the essential items they need to function and keep these animals loved and cared for. To this end from 2021 onwards we will be donating 1 penny in every £1 (nett) to be split between the above charities every December. With your help we will work towards ensuring that all animals in these areas have the food and veterinary care they need and are sent to homes where they are well, loved and cared for.
In August 2019 Sally visited Romania with a small party of volunteers and worked with the 'Every Life Counts' shelter run by two wonderful young people Ioana and Bogdan, whose only motivation is to save these poor animals from certain death and starvation on the streets. These two angels also rescue dogs from certain death in the local 'Kill Shelters' which are awful places where they only exist after being caught by dog catchers, where they remain in squalor, awaiting certain death.
This year, Covid permitting, she also intends to visit the Stretna Sapa shelter in Bosnia to meet with the wonderful Estelle Maxwell and Renata Josic and their team of animal rescuers who have also been relentlessly campaigning and fundraising for a new 'Spay Bay' at their shelter to ensure that their rescued animals are neutered and that no more unwanted dogs are on the streets. Stretna Strapa also have a fabulous re-homing programme.
We are very lucky to have laws to protect our animals and pets in the UK, however, we still have a problem with issues such as strays, puppy farming, and unwanted pets which is why we also chose to support The UK Dogs Trust and the tireless work they do rescuing and rehoming UK animals.
Throughout the year we also have a collection station at reception where we can take all sorts of donations from tins / bags of dog food, blankets, toys, and treats and worming tablets. We then split all the donations equally and get them sent off to each charity to help usually around every 3 months and these supplies generally go back on transport that has brought new rescue dogs to the UK to begin a new, happy life in their pawever homes.
Last year we launched our new charity initiative – The Wyreside Lakes Annual charity extravaganza! As the name suggests, it is a grand event that we intend to run annually and we hope to help to reach our event target of £2,000. Unfortunately with the continuing effects of Covid 19 our fundraising has not been as successful as we had hoped and as a result we have had to put back our draw date until Easter 2021. Please help us help these deserving charities by supporting our raffle and visit our website - https://wyresidelakes.co.uk/book/fundraising Tickets are just £5 each and there are some great prizes are up for grabs from
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Bob's rescue Ziggy. Our First Rescue Frankie. Our Newest Rescue Max.