RSPCA appeals for help from Ribble Valley

RSPCA volunteer Yvonne Hacking
RSPCA volunteer Yvonne Hacking

THE local RSPCA shop is appealing to the Clitheroe community for its help with the annual charity collections at Tesco.

Traditionally, the first week of May is known nationally as “RSPCA week” and it is a golden opportunity for the charity locally to raise much-needed funds to continue its animal welfare work in the district.

The animal centre in Altham, which cares for and rehomes animals which have been abandoned, abused or neglected, costs £300,000 per year to run.

Branch manager Ken Harrison explained: “Each year we get a brilliant fund-raising opportunity when Tesco allows us to collect in the store for an entire week.

“We are very hopeful that there are among your readers people who can offer a couple of hours, at their convenience, to help us to raise enough money as possible.”

The RSPCA is a national charity which employs the inspectors and office staff who investigate and tackle animal cruelty.

On a more local level, RSPCA branches (which are independent and self-financing) run district animal centres and help to promote animal welfare.

But the economic hard times has hit the charity and fund-raising is becoming a more difficult task.

Mr Harrison continued: “We are relying more and more on the generosity of shoppers handing over a few coins to us, but that’s not the real problem because the people of the Ribble Valley are massive animal lovers and always give generously.

“What we are finding hard is getting enough people to help us to actually collect the money at Clitheroe’s Tesco store.”

The charity would love to hear from you if you can help out any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., on any day between Monday, April 30th, and Sunday, May 6th, at the store in Duck Street, Clitheroe.

You can contact the RSPCA directly on 01200 425176 or via e-mail on info@rspca-lancseast.org.uk

“We hope you can help. We look forward to meeting up with the Ribble Valley’s animal lovers in May,” said Mr Harrison.