The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch have a new and exciting ‘Whodunnit’ Mystery Tour taking place in Halifax.
The tour is a murder mystery trail taking in clues from around Halifax Town Centre that will finally reveal the answer to ‘whodunnit’.
The walk is accessible to all and can be done at your own pace. It may even introduce you to sights of Halifax you’ve not seen before!
Whodunnit packs are just £5 and available from the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, the RSPCA Charity Shop in Brighouse or you can request a pack online via the website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/who-dunnit-2022
Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “This is a unique event for us and what’s great is that you can take part whenever you like! It makes a great activity for the kids and who knows what interesting surprises you might discover along the way!
We hope that our local community will get involved by picking up a pack – it’s a wonderful way to have some fun whilst helping us raise vital funds for our Centre and the animals in our care.”
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 37 dogs, 81 cats and 27 small animals so far this year.
Neil Davidson hosted a charity golf day at West End Golf Club in Halifax and raised £12,000 for his Community CPR Fund. Over 30 teams took part in the event which had a shotgun start in the morning and in the afternoon, and the overall winner won a Four Ball at Royal Lytham St Anne’s Golf Course.
Neil Davidson started campaigning and raising money to pay for training following his own cardiac arrest 5 years ago and his son Oliver who was visiting from Australia carried out CPR on him for 21 minutes at 3.00 am in the morning until the Paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator on him.
Since then, Neil has encouraged people to be CPR trained and be confident in using a defibrillator if the situation arises.
Neil Davidson explained, “The Golf Day wasn’t just about raising money for the Community CPR Fund, it was an opportunity to raise awareness and that’s why we had CPR training on the 15th hole. This was a bit of an unusual activity for a Golf Day, but 95% of people who have a cardiac arrest on a golf course don’t survive, so it was a very interactive and informative day.”
“I was particularly grateful to receive lots of local business support for sponsorship, and would like to extend my thanks to PiB Insurance who were the headline sponsor.”
Steve Duncan, CEO of The Community Foundation for Calderdale where the Community CPR Fund is held added, “One of the causes we support is to improve health and lifespan for people in Calderdale, and we are pleased that Neil has raised money that will now be spent on CPR training.”
This year Christine decided to raise money for Mothershare who provide vulnerable children and families in Calderdale with things they need such as essentials, cots, blankets, bottles, prams, clothes, underwear and nappies.
Understanding that the economy has hit people in their pockets, Christine decided to also hold a raffle. She explained, “Times are tough for people but I also wanted to raise as much money as possible for a charity who is in demand to help families now more than ever so I thought a raffle would provide an extra way to raise funds. I am extremely grateful to all the businesses who provided a prize and to all my friends and family for donating money.”
And to help raise funds to pay for food, vet bills and medicine to help handle the influx, the staff at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are joining forces with ROKT Foundation to invite people to take on the scratching post challenge on Yorkshire’s highest indoor climbing wall.
When: April 1st at ROKT Brighouse
April is dubbed as the start of kitten season – when cats are most likely to give birth – but after three lockdowns RSPCA staff fear many cats may not have been neutered and as a result the local charity could face their busiest wave of cats and kittens ever.
The costs associated with looking after so many rescued animals are higher than ever, so the RSPCA branch is appealing for people to sign up for the fundraiser at ROKT in Brighouse on April 1 to generate much needed income through a day of sponsored climbs – dubbed the scratching post challenge as a link to cats’ love of climbing.
Lauren Moore of the RSPCA, said: ‘’Many people still don’t realise that even a young cat at four or five months old can become pregnant. And given the lockdowns and difficulty in being able to access veterinary services as a result of the pandemic, we fear a huge number of cats won’t have been neutered as they usually would have.
“Even when services have been back open, the change to people’s lives mean the usual things may have been forgotten or they haven’t been able to afford to do so and it all adds up.
“So we’re preparing for our busiest ever influx of cats and kittens this spring and with that comes a lot of associated costs to make sure these animals get the care and treatment they need.
‘’Even without a major influx during kitten season, we still face rising costs for the basics to provide care for all our animals until we can find their forever homes
“That’s why we’ve teamed up with the ROKT Foundation charity to run this unique fundraiser because although we will need to raise funds to cover the significant costs for their care, we also want to raise awareness of the importance of neutering or spaying your cat too.
Katie Kinsella, ROKT Foundation’s Director for Community & Business Engagement, said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re seasoned climber or a complete novice, we have climbing routes for everyone and the team at ROKT Foundation will help get you up the wall and raise some much needed money for this wonderful charity.
Pocket, Chalk and Boulder. AKA, all you will need for this challenge!
“Cats love to climb and so do we, so it’s a perfect partnership to raise funds and attention for a very real problem our local RSPCA faces. But with everyone’s help, we can all make a difference.”
To sign up for the challenge or to find out more please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/the-scratching-post-challenge
For more on the ROKT Foundation charity see www.roktfoundation.co.uk
ROKT | Old Flour Mill, Millroyd Street, Brighouse, HD6 1EY
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On behalf of Halifax RUFC, we are currently fundraising and supporting our mixed ability team the Halifax Magpies get to Ireland to represent the district in IMART 2022 which is set to take place 5-11 June 2022 in Cork Ireland. Details of the tournament can be found under the following link About – International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament (imartworldcup.org)
Not only is your support vital this will also be the experience of a lifetime for all the players involved who face challenges every day most people just don’t understand. Halifax RUFC is proud to have a mixed ability team and we use rugby as a way of making a difference to these people and their families everyday lives. The majority have physical and mental learning difficulties and pictured on the IMART website is our very own Sam Beevers who is a stalwart of this team and typifies the enjoyment they all have in feeling part of this club.
Our target is ambitious and all monies raised will be used towards travel, accommodation, equipment and insurance for around 30 players of mixed ability and able-bodied facilitators, carers and support staff.
If you know anyone that can help by donating money please use our just giving page Fundraiser by Jason Brian : Help Halifax Magpies get to IMART 2022 (gofundme.com), alternatively you can contact Jason Brian (Director of Rugby) firstname.lastname@example.org
Local RSPCA sending out mystery ‘Valentail’s’ messages to supporters this Feb from animals in their care!
RECEIVE A SURPRISE MESSAGE ON FEB 14TH WITH LOCAL RSPCA VALENTAIL’S APPEAL!
THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are adding an exciting new twist to their annual Valentail’s appeal. Not only can you send a card to one of the animals in their centre, but any supporter who donates to the appeal will also receive a surprise message from an animal in their care on Valentine’s Day!
The Valentail’s appeal will run from February 1st – February 14th, with donors receiving a heartfelt message from an RSPCA animal on Valentine’s Day and being automatically entered into a prize draw to win a Valentine’s Hamper too. The local RSPCA branch hopes the appeal will raise vital funds, find homes for the animals in their care and engage the local community by having a little fun this February!
Animal Care Assistant Rebekah enjoys a cuddle during training with Lizzie the German Shepherd.
Fay Gibbons, Digital & Events Fundraiser said, “Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for love and our February appeal gives you the chance to show you care for local animals in need. Some of our animals have never experienced love in their lives before, which is why this appeal means a lot to us!
“We’ve made Valentail’s even more quirky this year by asking the public to make a small online donation and in return, you’ll receive a surprise message from one of our ‘Lonely Paws Club!’. This is a really unique appeal, so we hope that our supporters and local community will get involved and join in the fun!’’
You can donate from February 1st – February 14th by visiting their website at www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or follow the local RSPCA branch on their social media channels.
The self-funding Animal Centre also asks their supporters to share who they received their Valentines message from on their own social media platforms, with the hashtag #MyValentail.
The aim of this is to get the animals trending online on Valentine’s Day – Monday 14th February, in the hope that it may find them new, loving homes.
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch estimates that it costs £132 a month to look after each animal in their centre, so donations to the Valentail’s Appeal will go a long way to help the branch find homes for the many cats, dogs and small animals in their care.
Could Florence the ferret or Tulip the Great Dane appear in your inbox on Valentines Day morning?!
If you would like to make a donation towards the Valentail’s Appeal to receive your animal message and be entered into the branch’s Valentine’s prize draw, simply visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/valentails-2022/,
If you would like to send a Valentines card to an animal in their care, please post them to: RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.
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. During 2021 year the branch rehomed over 500 animals and 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.
Help Miss Pickles the Bull Dog get an Urgent Operation!
The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & DistrictBranch are hoping the local community will help them grant the Christmas wish of a new, loving home for all the animals in their care this December.
You can help with this fund by donating online or buying a Wish Ticket from all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.
The self-funded Animal Centre (which rehomes cats, dogs and smalls animals) hopes to raise vital funds to help cover the veterinary, training, and shelter costs that make it possible for them to find homes for the abandoned, abused and unwanted pets in their care over the Christmas period.
Peanut the ferret peeks out of a Christmas stocking!
The Wade Street Animal Home in Halifax are also hoping they can raise enough to cover the surgery costs of one dog in particular who needs a vital operation to help her breathe.
Miss Pickles, an 8-year-old British Bull Dog, arrived in the branch’s care after her original owner could no longer cope. The Animal Care team soon discovered that Miss Pickles was suffering from grade 3 Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – a term used to describe a group of conditions we see in animals with shortened skulls (brachycephalic) which compromises their ability to breathe normally.
Miss Pickles has made her wish to Santa this Christmas
Miss Pickles urgently needs this surgery before she can safely be rehomed – however the operation will cost the local RSPCA branch over £2500.
Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “Our Christmas Wish Appeal is a special opportunity to grant an animal’s wish of finding a loving home this December. We have lots of cats, dogs, ferrets and other small animals in our care who will sadly have to spend the festive season in rescue. However, with the support of our local community we’re hoping we can raise the funds needed to support their care which will help these wonderful pets find a forever family!’’
For anyone who would like to grant a Christmas Wish for an RSPCA animal, you can donate direct via the local RSPCA’s website. Or if Miss Pickles’ story has pulled on your heart-strings, you can contribute directly towards her surgery costs to make sure this lovable girl is ready for rehoming as soon as possible.
There is also the opportunity to purchase ‘Wish tickets’ in all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.
The Wish tickets make great stocking fillers for anyone wanting to purchase a unique gift idea or for those who just want to help.
Every Wish ticket granted and sold will help the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford in their mission to care for and rehome as many animals as possible as we move into 2022.
To donate to the appeal online visit www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/christmas-wish-appeal/ or www.justgiving.com/campaign/xmaswish. To purchase Wish tickets, please visit any of the RSPCA charity shops across Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and in the Wade Street Animal Centre.
If you would like to donate towards Miss Pickles’ surgery costs directly visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/MissPicklesXmasWish
So far this year the branch has successfully found homes for 89 dogs, 240 cats and 80 small animals. They hope with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible.
All donations will be gratefully received, after what has been an extremely difficult 18 months for the local RSPCA Centre.
“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. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”
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