Woodside Animal Welfare Trust, a Plymouth-based charity, has been voted as a winner of our Surprise Supplies initiative and now has £1,000 to spend on materials at our recently opened Plymouth branch.

We invited charities, schools, community groups and care homes from across the region to get in touch and explain how a donation of materials would help to complete a project. Alongside Bridgerule Primary School in Holsworthy, Woodside Animal Welfare Trust received the most votes following a public poll and each winner has received a donation of £1,000.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust is an animal rehoming charity that aims to provide loving new homes for unwanted pets, including dogs, cats, ponies, goats, rabbits, birds, and more. Due to age or illness, some of the animals are unable to be rehomed and remain with Woodside as much-loved residents. The charity relies on donations to ensure it can continue to care for animals and will be using the Surprise Supplies donation to make improvements to its pens and kennels.

Lisa Darcy, Deputy Manager at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust, commented:

“We are so very grateful for the support. Being a sanctuary that takes 19 different species of animals, we very often have to repair pens and fencing, especially those made of wood. This is a constant strain, but is essential as these animals need our help, and few sanctuaries take them due to the funds needed. To know that we now have the ability to ask RGB for help is a real lifesaver, especially after the worry that Covid 19 brought us. Thank you so much to RGB and all who voted for us.”

Jay Waldrom, the Site Manager at RGB Plymouth, visited the charity to learn more about their plans. Jay added:

“This is exactly the type of project that we want to help with Surprise Supplies. The charity does a vital job in rehoming and caring for all types of animals. Congratulations to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust and good luck with the project - we look forward to helping with materials and ensuring the £1,000 goes as far as possible. I can’t wait to return to see how the donation has been used.”

Further information about Woodside Animal Welfare Trust can be found here.

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