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RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

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Masquerade Ball Cancelled

3rd Oct 2012

Masquerade Ball Cancelled - PRESS RELEASE 03/10/2012

The areas local RSPCA branch have had to pull the plug on a fundraising ball due to poor ticket sales.

The RSPCA Lancashire East branch is an independent charity that takes in, looks after and rehomes hundreds of unwanted, mistreated and neglected animals from across the 5 boroughs in East Lancashire every year. The charity, which relies heavily on volunteers, had been organising a charity masquerade ball to take place on October the 20th, but due to a short fall in ticket sales, they have had to cancel the event.

“We are really disappointed,” said Branch Manager Ken Harrison. “We held a ball last year and it was a fantastic success, but this year, we are really getting the sense that the economy is not right for such events, people simply have not got the money.”

The charity costs £300,000 per year to run, and in recent years, volunteers from the fundraising team have worked tirelessly on various projects to keep the centre going. But the current economic crisis is having a very real impact on the RSPCA, as well as many other local charities.

Mr Harrison continued “We are a completely independent local charity and rely on the kindness and goodwill of local people and businesses to raise funds. We really have to work hard for every penny we raise so that we can carry out our animal welfare work in the area. But we are seeing a very worrying drop in financial support, and the masquerade ball has had to be cancelled as a result of this. We apologise for any disappointment to those who were looking forward to the masquerade ball. It’s a real shame.”

RSPCA Lancashire East branch has over 300 volunteers who help the charity in a wide variety of ways, from helping at the centre, walking the dogs, petting the cats and rabbits to raising funds and working in the charity shops. They run a sponsorship scheme called “Safe Haven” where members of the public are able to sponsor a kennel, a cat pen or rabbit run at the centre from as little as £3 per month. Mr Harrison explained that this area of fundraising will be concentrated on more. “We recognise that the animal loving public, our supporters are hard pressed financially. We think that asking for regular, smaller donations is the way forward.”

Supporters of the Safe Haven scheme get their contribution recognised by a name plaque at the animal centre, as well as a welcome pack and regular news letters.

If you would like to receive an info pack about sponsoring Altham animal centre on the Safe Haven scheme, please call 01200 425176

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch
Animal Centre, Nearer Holker House Farm, Off Enfield Road, Altham, Accrington BB5 5UU.
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