Month: February 2022

PPCT grant makes NAWT match funding campaign a pawsitive success

old man and golden retriever touching heads NAWT

A match funding campaign supported by Petplan Charitable Trust has helped the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) smash its donations target.

NAWT National Animal Welfare Trust logoThe charity used PPCT’s £12,000 grant to match donation pledges of £100 plus, and successfully created an initial pot of £25,000.

“Payment of those pledges was dependant on us being able to match this pot in a ‘Double Donations Week’ whereby every donation the charity received was matched by the pledge pot,” explains Alexandra Spurgeon, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at the National Animal Welfare Trust.

By the end of the week, they’d raised a whopping £58,000 for their new Pet Care in the Community project.

old lady with tabby catAccording to Spurgeon, the funding has already allowed the charity to make some great strides towards the official launch of its project. These include recruiting a Volunteer Development Manager, vital for building an entirely volunteer-lead project.

“Linda has already begun to put a solid volunteer infrastructure in place and is redeveloping our volunteer recruitment processes as well as improving the way we communicate with existing volunteers,” says Spurgeon.

National Animal Welfare Trust has also created a dedicated volunteer page within the charity’s new website, which is currently under development.

Crucially, the funding has allowed them to run a small pilot of the project This has provided valuable lessons that will inform the final plan and the framework of the official launch. You can read more about the pilot project, here.

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PPCT supports project to bring clean water to working animals in Ethiopia

Working animals drink at water trough in Oromiya in Ethiopia

By providing access to safe water, equine charity Brooke is transforming the lives of people and working animals in Ethiopia.

brooke logoThe charity has been working with local communities across the regions of Oromiya, Amhara and SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region). The image above comes from a completed project in Oromiya. Petplan Charitable Trust has donated £10,000 to support a similar project in Merab Azenet woreda (district) in SNNPR.

Communities in the area rely on traditional farming methods and livestock production for their livelihoods. With no access to water locally, they are forced to spend many hours to reach it. This impacts the working animals, who have to carry heavy water loads over long distances.

“They suffer from overloading, wounds form their loads, overworking, heat-stress and dehydration; this is fatal if left untreated,” explains Emma Buckley, Corporate Relationships Manager at Brooke.

3,265 working animals will benefit directly

The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Construction work is currently underway that, once complete, will provide 3,265 working equines and 1,520 households with access to safe water within an hour’s walk. According to Buckley, around 2,370 other livestock including oxen, cows, cattle, goats and sheep will also benefit from this project.

“Work has progressed well and the water scheme is expected to start serving communities and their equines and livestock ahead of the project deadline of 31st March 2022,” says Buckley.

Discover more about this fantastic project here.

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