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Wood Green Heydon to stay open - Dedication of fundraisers pays dividends

WOOD GREEN staff, volunteers and residents are celebrating this week after learning that their tireless fundraising efforts have secured the Heydon shelter’s existence for the foreseeable future.

In 2005, it looked as if Wood Green Animal Shelter's site at Heydon, near Royston, might have to close due to a shortage of funds. However, after consultation with the staff, the trustees of the Charity decided that some challenging fundraising targets should be set and that they would review the situation again on 1 July 2006.

At their Council meeting on 25 May 2006, the trustees reviewed the situation. They were impressed and delighted with the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers who have raised the profile of the Shelter and significantly improved fundraising. Despite the fact that there were almost 6 weeks of the review period still to go, the trustees announced that with this much greater level of support the Shelter can remain open.

The Chief Executive of Wood Green Animal Shelters, Dennis Baker OBE, said ‘This has been a tremendous effort by the staff and volunteers at Heydon who are so committed to the Shelter and to the animals in their care. The closure of the Shelter would have had a great impact on animal welfare in South Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Yet, by working tirelessly and mostly in their own time, the staff together with a fantastic team of volunteers managed to almost double the amount of money normally raised in one year. The challenge now is to endeavour to raise even more funds so as to be able to improve the veterinary facilities and accommodation for all the lost, unwanted and abandoned animals that come in to our Heydon shelter’.