Fundraising

RSPCA Virtual K9 Party In The Park 2020 July 5th

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LOCAL RSPCA SET TO HOST ANNUAL DOG SHOW LIVE FROM THEIR ANIMAL CENTRE THIS JULY 5TH

The Covid 19 Crisis has created many obstacles to the Charity Sector this year and one of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch’s most popular events – the K9 Party in the Park – has had to convert from an outdoor event to a virtual fun dog show which will be live streamed to viewers homes!

 

The local RSPCA Branch were devastated to cancel their summer fundraising events due to the Covid-19 Crisis which hit the country back in March. One event in particular was their K9 Party In The Park, which this year would have seen the 20th anniversary of their hugely popular Fun Dog Show held in Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

 

Event goers enjoying K9 Party In The Park last year at Manor Heath, Halifax.

 

The self-funded, local branch of the RSPCA relies heavily on this annual event to help raise vital funds for the animals in their care and had already put plans in place to celebrate their 20th year with their two-legged and four-legged supporters.

 

However, due to the government’s current safety ruling on banning large events, the charity came up with an exciting virtual twist, which will allow their supporters to enter a virtual fun dog show prior to hosting a live streamed show at their Animal Centre to join in with at home!

 

2019 – Revellers enjoy the charities dog show parade

 

The K9 Party Fun Dog Show boasts a staggering 20 classes to coincide with their 20th year, all of which can be entered by uploading your dogs photograph or video from June 26th – July 3rd via the Facebook event page or by email to the event organisers.

 

Then on Sunday 5th July, the Animal Centre will hold a live-streamed event from 12pm, which will not only announce the fun dog show winners, but will also host a dog adoption parade, doggy party games, raffle and more interactive games to join in with from home.

 

One of last years party arena dance performances

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “Our K9 Party In The Park is an event we look forward to holding every year and we had so much planned for this year’s 20th anniversary. The event isn’t just a dog show to us, it’s a chance to celebrate how much our canine companions mean to us and to meet up with our incredible supporters to have a day of fun and celebrations’’

 

Each year the K9 Party hosts up to 800 dogs, with more than 1400 people attending the event in Manor Heath Park in Halifax. The Branch hopes this year’s virtual event will help raise vital funds to support their animal welfare work through the current COVID19 crisis and also provide a bit of fun for their supporters who may be missing their local community events this year

 

The dog show classes will include old favourites such as ‘puppy love’, ‘waggest tail’ and ‘eyes that melt your heart’ with all winning entries announced during the charity’s live Facebook stream from 12pm on July 5th.

Entries cost just £2 and all the details of how to enter will be on the Branch’s website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and Facebook page.

 

“The day will be exactly what it says it is – a party! We hope all of our supporters will tune in to join the fun and hold their own K9 Party in their homes!’’

Canine dog show entrants pose for the camera in 2019

 

For more information about the K9 Party in the Park and the Branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or to support the event on Facebook click https://www.facebook.com/events/195997204805283/

 

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our charity has rehomed 61 dogs, 102 cats and 33 small animals already this year. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”

Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!

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The Best Paw Forward is a 26.2 mile challenge that you can either walk, run or cycle to help raise funds for the animals in our Animal Centre in Wade Street Halifax, during the month of June.

You can complete 26.2 miles as part of your daily exercise or a personal goal – plus you can win a medal if you raise sponsorship too!

Pick your own pace – from 1 mile a day up to the full 26.2 at once – as long as you complete it by 30th June!

It’s only £3 to register your challenge, please email fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and we will send you all the details on how to get started!

 

Local Bradford boy Zach 8 raises hundreds for RSPCA with lockdown drawings from home!

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(Zach pictured above with his RSPCA rescue cat Bailey)

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch were touched to hear about an amazing fundraising idea from one of their young supporters who wants to help raise vital funds the animals in their care during the COVID19 Crisis.

 

Animal lover Zach – who is 8 years old and from Thackley, Bradford – decided he wanted to do something special during lockdown to help local animals in need. Zach is drawing his own creations and requests from anyone who donates to his fundraiser. They are posted on his Facebook Fundraising group along with sending some copies out digitally or posted to anyone who donates.

 

 

All of Zach’s drawings are being uploaded to his Facebook group and donors just comment on the artwork they would like. The young artist takes requests, but says he much prefers to do his own style of ‘doodle’ rather than a pet portrait. There are plenty of examples of Zach’s artwork to view on his page, including a penguin, an owl a monkey and even an alien spaceship!

 

 

 

Mum, Jemma Walker says “Zach has always been a great animal lover and our family adopted 2 kittens from the local RSPCA in Bradford almost 16 years ago. Sadly, we lost one of our cats last year but we still have Bailey (pictured above with Zach) and who Zach loves so much that it inspired him to help out the charity during lockdown. The fundraising total currently stands at £283 with more donations coming in and we’re even laminating and sanitising any artwork requests for delivery too!”

 

All funds raised from Zach’s artwork fundraiser will go directly to help the self-funded local RSPCA animal centre. Fay Gibbons, the Digital & Community fundraiser for the branch says “Zach really is a hero in our eyes – it’s been an incredibly difficult time for us here at the centre with all of our Charity Shops closed and fundraising events on hold for the foreseeable future, so all of the money raised will go a really long way in helping us to care for local animals in need. Well done Zach, you’re a superstar!”

 

To find out more about the fundraiser or to donate and get your hands on your own doodle by Zach, visit his Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/274053893770543.

 

(Zach at work)

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.

Local RSPCA Honour Captain Tom’s 100th birthday by naming newest feline resident after the fundraising & WWII hero

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch are celebrating WWII veteran and NHS fundraising hero; Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, by naming their most recent resident taken in during the Covid-19 crisis after the man himself!

The self-funded RSPCA rehoming centre, who have recently started their animal adoptions again after the government restrictions were lifted, felt that Captain Tom Moore’s incredible efforts should be honoured and decided that naming their newest feline resident ‘Captain Tom’ would be a special way to thank the military veteran for helping to raise millions for the NHS.

Digital & Community Fundraiser – Fay Gibbons said “The whole nation has been cheering on Captain Tom Moore with his amazing fundraising. We wanted to wish Tom a very happy 100th birthday and say thank you to such an incredible man, so we thought this would be a lovely way!”

The newest feline resident, named in honour of Capt. Tom Moore

The feline Captain Tom is available for rehoming from the RSPCA animal centre in Halifax but the adoption process has been adapted to abide with social distancing regulations. To find more about Captain Tom the cat; the new rehoming process and general charity news, visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.

#RescueYourRescue Nationwide fundraising appeal. Please help the RSPCA Wade Street rehoming centre

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Lintbells and Peter Purves launch #RescueYourRescue – a nationwide emergency fund-raising appeal that will urgently help pet rescue charities affected by COVID-19 – including RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch.

  • #RescueYourRescue will attempt to raise £250,000 for pet rescue charities across the UK over the coming months
  • Lintbells will donate £10,000 to participating charities
  • Take immediate action by donating £2 and show your support by sharing the paw-fect high-five with your pet on social media using the #RescueYourRescue and nominate friends to donate too.

Celebrity Blue Peter & Crufts Legend Peter Purves high fives a canine companion – click to enlarge

Lintbells – the UK’s leading pet supplement company with a mission to keep pets active for life – has today announced the launch of a charity campaign that will raise vital funds for over 100 registered pet rescue charities across the UK, including the local RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch.

The rehoming centre based on Wade Street, Halifax has been chosen as one of the selected charities to benefit from the appeal as pet rescue centres across the country are facing closure due to a lack of funding and lost revenue as a consequence of COVID-19. The loss of funds, attributed to adoption fees, Centre visits, Charity Shop sales and Fundraising Events has left the future of pet rescue charities hanging in the balance. The #RescueYourRescue Appeal will urgently raise funds to immediately help safeguard the future of pet rescue charities and the animals that rely on them.

  1. Animal Care Assistant at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford cuddles dog in their care – Jess – click to enlarge
  2. Animal Care Assistant carrying out daily training session with dog in their care – Pip – click to enlarge

A rapid response is required to help protect the health and welfare of the nation’s rescue pets. Recent reports have stated that pet rescue charities are suspending the intake of animals, which could lead to pets being mistreated or abandoned.

Launched in support with veteran broadcaster and the legendary voice of Crufts, Peter Purves, who is a brand ambassador for Lintbells’ YuMOVE brand, #RescueYourRescue will encourage people who can afford to help to donate a minimum of £2 per person. Lintbells will immediately donate £10,000 to participating pet rescue charities.

Peter Purves said: “Pet rescue charities across the country support the welfare of animals that need our help the most. In these difficult circumstances, I’m appealing for animal lovers to work together to support these brilliant centres and the crucial work that they do. Every donation makes a difference, so please give what you can and help spread the word by engaging with the campaign on social media using #RescueYourRescue.

Lauren Moore, Fundraising Manager, RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield Bradford & District Branch said: “We are a local independent branch of the RSPCA so we have to raise our own funds to keep our animal centre running and look after the animals in our care. This is normally done through our fundraising events and income from our charity shops, but with the current COVID-19 crisis we have had to close our shops and cancel planned events and activities which has had a devastating effect on our funds. We’ve also been forced to close our animal centre and have cancelled any potential adoptions. If you would like to donate to help us through the Lintbells appeal please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RSPCAHalifaxHuddersfieldBradfordDistrict

Otis the ferret poses a photo at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Animal Centre – click to enlarge

Dr John Howie, CEO & Co-founder of Lintbells added: “Lintbells was established to support the health and well-being of pets and #RescueYourRescue will help safeguard the future of rescue charities. Let’s help protect the UK’s 250,000* animals that need our support.

Quick example costs

It costs up to £1,000,000 per year to run an RSPCA rescue centre. £6 can feed a dog for a week and £10 covers the cost of food and board per animal.  That is why #RescueYourRescue is asking animal lovers who can afford to help donate a minimum of £2 per person.

How you can help

#RescueYourRescue is working with Virgin Money Giving to raise and distribute funds to over 100 pet rescue charities in the UK. Please visit:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RSPCAHalifaxHuddersfieldBradfordDistrict

Help us spread the word and raise vital funds by engaging with #RescueYourRescue online, on social media and by visiting www.RescueYourRescue.co.uk. Show your support by sharing the paw-fect high-five with your pet on social media using the #RescueYourRescue and nominate friends to donate too. Together we can help safeguard the future of rescue centres and the animals that rely on them.

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 support available

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

Calderdale News & Information

ICYMI: Update on the Volunteering for the Virtual Volunteer Hub
Calderdale Council set up a Virtual Volunteer Hub to help coordinate community support as part of the Council’s 10-point plan to respond to COVID-19. This update provides information on how the hub works, the volunteers, other ways to help and useful information.

Regional/National News & Information

NCVO Funding and Furloughing Guides
Additions to NCVO’s existing coronavirus advice – the latest information on the £750 million promised by the chancellor, list of key national and regional funds open for applications, and information on the coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing).

Online Support Sessions for VCS Leaders
The Institute of Voluntary Action research are piloting online support sessions for the leaders of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations – 90 minute sessions, for up to 10 leaders at a time.

Two New Papers from CLES
CLES have released two papers that outline the challenges facing local governments as they begin to formulate their economic response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation #ThisIsPE
If you’re looking for ways to educate and entertain the kids during lockdown, we’ve got
something for you! Yorkshire Sport Foundation have brought together teachers from across the country to provide activities and games you can replicate at home, using things you can find around the house.

Funding News

Charity Excellence Free COVID19 Funder Database – Search Function Now Live

Online Original Art Auction for Overgate Hospice on April 26

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An Online Original Art Auction event has been set up to raise crucial funds for the Overgate hospices.

The Auction will close on the 26th of April – you still have time to participate!

The proceedings will go to support the Overgate Hospice during the coronavirus lockdown period, as they cannot open their shops or organise their fundraisers.

To find out more, participate or contribute, please visit the organiser’s facebook page:

Online Original Art Auction for Overgate Hospice

 

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 support available

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Barclays Launches £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package
The Barclays Foundation will initially provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

GrantsOnline List of COVID-19 Support Funds
A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Here you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.

Locked Down or Self Isolating? You are not alone
If you or someone you know is struggling with isolation, financial hardship or cannot get out for essential provisions during this difficult time, there are people and organisations working across Calderdale who can help.

NCVO have taken off their member only restrictions from their web pages and resources during the COVID-19 response. That means you do not have to be an NCVO member to access a whole host of quality resources and information to help organisations during this time.

The Job Retention Scheme and Charity Rescue Package
NCVO have recently shared some insight into being in receipt of public funding with regards to the Job Retention Scheme.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Rural Response Emergency Grants ProgrammeDeadline for applications: 12 noon on 15th April
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.

Update on COVID-19 Charity Excellence Funder Database
Update from Ian McLintock of Charity Digital: The design specification and initial data build were completed over the weekend. There are nearly 400 entries, so far, with links to other COVID-19 funder lists, including niche and global funders.

Food Banks in Calderdale

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List of Food Banks in Calderdale

During this unprecedented time, Calderdale’s food banks, which are mainly led by volunteers, are relying on the kindness of our communities even more than usual. All food and financial donations will be very gratefully received by the food banks to help them top up their supplies.

This page will be updated at least on a weekly basis.

Includes information about:

  • Current Operations
  • Donating food
  • Food supply
  • General Support
  • Donating money
  • Volunteering at a food bank
  • Generosity and Kindness
  • Street based provision
  • Free School Meals
  • LIST OF CURRENT FOOD BANKS IN CALDERDALE