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New charity partnership announced

15 July 2020

We have pledged our support to a county charity and paid our furry friends a visit earlier this week.

Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association (GAWA) which runs Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be receiving support from our staff who raised close to £20k for cancer charity Maggie’s Cheltenham in 2019.

A handful of our law firm’s charity committee met with key members of the charity to discuss ways in which to support them over the partnership and to meet some of the residents.

Founded in 1926, Cheltenham Animal Shelter looks after and rehomes more than 600 unwanted and abandoned cats, dogs and small animals every year at a cost of around £650,000. Receiving no government funding, the charity relies on donations from the public and the generosity of local businesses and grant-making trusts.

Cheltenham Animal Shelter Centre Manager, Pete Newcombe said:

“We are extremely pleased that such a well-known and respected local law firm as Willans have chosen us to be their Charity of the Year. We very much look forward to working with them to raise awareness of the work of our charity in rehabilitating and rehoming cats, dogs and small animals and promoting pet welfare within the local community.

“We are also are excited about the potential fundraising initiatives that we can run together to help cover the substantial costs of looking after and caring for all of our rescue animals.”

We are busy planning a calendar of activity ranging from our wills, trusts & probate team’s ‘Purrfect Will’ make a will scheme to online fundraising ideas and as the pandemic restrictions ease, large fundraising events such as our popular bowling competition. In addition to raising funds, staff will also support the animal charity with volunteering.

Bridget Redmond, our managing partner, said:

“We’re very excited about our new charity partnership with GAWA, who run Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

“The charity sector has been very badly affected by COVID-19 and there are many excellent causes in need of support. Our staff voted and CAS was the clear winner. COVID-19 means we’ll need to be more innovative with our fundraising ideas this year – so watch this space!

“We look forward to sharing our fundraising stories over the coming months, and will keep you updated on ways in which you can get involved to support our efforts to raise as much as possible for this great, local charity.”

Like our Facebook page to follow updates on our charity efforts and to find out ways to support our fundraising initiatives.

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