As it comes into its 30th year of saving, adopting and caring for vulnerable animals of all shapes and sizes, Haywill Animal Rescue desperately needs donations.
Their appeal comes after the charity’s main sponsor was forced to stop donating £500 a month due to personal circumstances – an amount that was vital to the self-funded initiative and those it supports.
The shelter not only rescues vulnerable animals from homes and farms, but has also been providing “animal-assisted therapy” to those with special needs, mental health issues, disabilities and behavioural difficulties for eight years.
Their roster currently boasts cats, dogs, pigs, sheep, chickens, ponies, guinea-pigs and even turtles and terrapins who are looked after by the Haywill team, with some going on to be adopted by members of the public.
Over the Christmas period, Glossop’s Aldi Superstore generously donated their leftover vegetables that would have otherwise gone to bio-waste, but that supply has since run out.
Founder and Special-Needs Teacher Lynn Haydon-Williams, 58, said that the rescue is a lifeline for both people and animals, but is struggling under the financial strain.
Lynn, who also has degenerative disc disease added that the shelter is what keeps her going, admitting she’s a “soft-touch” when it comes to animals in need.
She said: “This place helps me, but it also keeps a lot of people who come here going too… it’s a real labour of love.
“We really need sponsors, general donations and even kind donations of things like fresh fruit and vegetables, bedding, horse feed and hay bales.
“Even if you can’t give money, we would love to have those who want to volunteer, there’s something for everyone here. If you can DIY, make a website or want to muck in, we care about what you can do – not what you can’t.”
If you would like to donate to Haywill Animal Rescue or find out more, you can visit their website at: https://www.haywillanimalrescue.co.uk/default.html or email: firstname.lastname@example.org