Community Comes Together To Raise Money For RSPCA On The Verge Of Closing

People in Grimsargh have started an urgent fundraiser to support the local RSPCA which has been very badly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

It has been a turbulent few months for the RSPCA Preston and District Branch which could be forced to close its doors permanently if they do not raise enough money to stay afloat.

The branch on Longridge Road in Ribbleton have appealed for help and animal lovers in Grimsargh have stepped up to do whatever they can to help.

The Grimsargh Social Club created a Justgiving fundraiser and shared it Facebook with a caption asking for support:

“As most of us are aware, the local RSPCA down the road is on the verge of having to close its doors, with no government funding and during lockdown, it has suffered from no donations and lack of money really badly,

“As a village, we know how important dogs and other animals are to us, we would have loved to do a charity fun day etc to help raise funds but as we can’t do this with guidelines, and the centre need help asap, as a community could we all manage to donate any spare pounds to help?”

Mark Allen, Branch Manager of the Rehoming Centre, recently told the LEP about the branch’s situation:

“We need support now more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have received no help from the Government and need to raise 100 percent of our funds ourselves.”

Evette Moyles, one of the people who created the fundraiser, explains how the village came together and why they wanted to support the RSPCA:

“I would always choose to fundraise for the RSPCA as they aren’t government-funded and get no help. I love animals and always tried to support our local RSPCA. we rescued our dog from there and to see some of those poor animals and how much money the place needs, it’s so sad,

“We are lucky in this village, we are all dog/animal lovers and have regular dog walks organised. I also did a birthday funding in lockdown, and raised a few hundred! I didn’t realise how much in need the RSPCA are, the vet bills, food, time and love..after lockdown and all charity shops shutting which brought in revenue,

“They are desperate and a few of us had thought about doing something in our community to raise some much-needed funds to help. Every penny helps these poor defenceless animals who through no fault of their own need the RSPCA more than ever.”

You can help Evette and the people of Grimsargh raise as much as possible by donating to their Justgiving page here.

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