Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Haworth Cat Rescue appoints first Patron

Exciting news this week as Milly Johnson, author of popular romantic comedies Yorkshire Pudding Club and The Birds and the Bees, becomes Haworth Cat Rescue’s first patron.

Milly will be joining our instore "In For a Pound" collection day at Morrisons, Keighley from 9.30am to 11.30 am this Saturday, April 18. Supporters will be able to meet her as she signs copies of her newly released third novel
A Spring Affair.

Milly, now Barnsley based, has close ties with Haworth where she lived for several years. She adopted her first rescue cat from us more than 15 years ago. “I was honoured to have been asked to become Patron and equally honoured to accept,” says Milly.

“Cats are true companions. Every one them has a really different personality, every cat that I have loved and lost has had its own traits and idiosyncrasies.

“It’s heartbreaking that Yorkshire carries the burden of such a terrible reputation for cruelty. Local charities meet local needs and that’s why I think Haworth Cat Rescue is doing something so important with its plans for a new environmentally friendly rehoming centre that will do us all proud by teaching kids how to love, respect and enjoy cats.”

Milly is also supporting our In For A Pound appeal, whereby we ask supporters to donate £1 and to invite as many friends as possible to do the same thing - donate £1 and invite their own friends and so on. Details of our appeal can be found on our website
. We aim to find 2 million cat lovers, each willing to donate £1 towards our appeal.

Do come along and support our collection – and meet Milly – as you shop at Morrisons this Saturday!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Cat Racing for Haworth

Haworth Cat Rescue enjoyed a great day out fundraising at the match between the Keighley Cougars and Hunslet Hawks on Sunday February 22. Some of the closest feline friends of Haworth - the ginger tom in the charity's logo - turned up to support his efforts to raise funds for the construction of a £2million environmentally friendly rehoming Centre in the Aire Valley.

Invited by Freddie Cougar to come along and share in the fun and excitement of match day, one of the cats even took part in a half-time race against Freddie and some of his young Keighley Cougar supporters.

"We really support the work of the Cougars Community Foundation to encourage youngsters to engage in the sport of Rugby as way of keeping fit and learning the rewards of teamwork," said Corinne Moore, campaign manager. "Haworth wants young people to learn about caring, friendship and responsible citizenship through discovering the discipline and rewards of caring for cats so that they will learn to love them and respect the needs of all animals. All the female cats who came along with collection buckets for our In For A Pound campaign thought Freddie was looking very handsome and two of them were lucky enough to have their photo taken with him as a memento of a fantastic day - and another home win for the Cougar team."

The collection raised close to £150 towards the New Centre Appeal.

Meanwhile, the new Facebook Group, In For A Pound for Haworth Cat Rescue, continues to recruit new members.

Donations have been made using Paypal (with 'Gift') to: haworthcatrescue@btinternet.com and paid direct into Yorkshire Bank account 05-05-35 / 17467476

Other donors have sent their cheques/Postal Orders made payable to Haworth Cat Rescue to:

The Farm, Lower Pierce Close, Cross Roads, Keighley, BD22 9AQ

Online donations towards the appeal may also be made through the website www.haworthcatrescue.org or on the charity giving website, BmyCharity

Thank you to all our friends for your support

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

High Fives for In for a Pound Appeal

By doing very little, you can almost single-handedly raise the £2million that Haworth Cat Rescue needs to build a new centre in the Aire Valley.

Simply, donate £1 and recruit 5 of your friends to do exactly the same – i.e. each friend donates £1 and in turn recruits 5 of their own friends to donate £1 and so on and so on.

The strength of the appeal lies not in the single pound that you or any other person donates, but in the ripple effect of spreading the word amongst a huge network of people, thus raising a much bigger amount.

For example, if you decide to donate £5 instead of asking 5 friends, that will be £5 towards our appeal. However, if you ask 5 friends to donate £1, that will be £6 including your £1, plus £25 from their 5 friends, and then £125 from the 5 friends of their friends, and then £625 from the 5 friends of all their 5 friends and so on. By the time the increment has rippled out by 8 times the total could be £488,281 and if it goes as far as 9 times the total could be a staggering £2,441,406. This is based on everyone donating a single £1, so don’t delay, start recruiting today.

You can email five friends, attaching the links below or you can print this page off (from our website) or copy it if you’ve received it as hard copy and send it to five people. Please do this – if you do it will help us towards our target much quicker! If not, it will take us so much longer to reach our goal.

There are lots of ways you can send payment:

  • You can visit our website (www.haworthcatrescue.org) and pay online from the links on our New Centre Appeal pages
  • You can pay online using Paypal selecting the “Gift” option so fees aren’t deducted – our email for Paypal is haworth.catrescue@btinternet.com
  • You can donate cash to us at our centre at Cross Roads
  • You can send a cheque/Postal Order made payable to Haworth Cat Rescue to: The Farm, Lower Pierce Close, Cross Roads, Keighley, BD22 9AQ
  • You can pay direct to our Yorkshire Bank account – 05-05-35/17467476

If you are a UK taxpayer and gift aid your donation, we can claim a further 28p per £1 donated, at no cost to you, enabling us to reach our target even quicker.

Thank you – we are grateful to everyone who asks and to everyone who donates. Let’s prove that every single pound really can make a huge impact.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Campaign continues

2009 is an exciting and critical year for us as we move forward with our new Centre appeal. The environmentally friendly design concept is now taking shape thanks to Huddersfield University architecture students based at University Centre Oldham. Over the next few months we will be reviewing the modular design of the pens that can be adapted to suit any landscape.

Our next goal is the acquisition of land and we would welcome your support in this.

Please write to the Letters to the Editor page of your local newspaper, expressing your interest and support in our Centre appeal and our In For A Pound campaign or telling them personal accounts of the ways in which we have been able to help you. This is a really effective way of showing the community support we have for our work and future plans.

Over the coming weeks, we will be continuing to develop 'Haworth', the ginger tom in our logo, in his own right so that he is able to express his unique personality!

Listen out for our next broadcast on Bradford Community Radio at 2.30pm on 5th February when we will once again be talking to Tina Watkins and Alan Keeling.

If you would like to make a donation to our new centre appeal, please follow this link

Remember - every little helps, even £1, and please ask your friends to support us too.

Thank you from all the cats and everyone here at Haworth Cat Rescue for your ongoing support.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Friday, 16 May 2008

Why do we need such a big shelter?

You may be wondering why we need such a big shelter. The sad truth is that West Yorkshire is an area which has a very high record of animal cruelty, and unlike many areas in the South and the East, is poorly served by the bigger charities and rescues.

There are some excellent rescue groups, both independent and part of larger organisations, doing sterling work, but there is a dearth of animal homes in the area.

Our scatter map, gives an idea of the few shelters there are in our area and we hope it illustrates why there is a need for a bigger shelter in this area.

Keighley is well situated to serve not only the local town, but - thanks to excellent road links - towns such as Skipton and Halifax/Huddersfield on the A629, and Bradford and beyond on the A650. It is also only a short hop over the moors to places such as Hebden Bridge, Colne and Todmorden. Already, we receive requests for help from these areas.