MARKS & SPENCER’S FUNDRAISING
M&S staff and SARA members collecting Marks and Spencer’s final donation of money, food and toys.
Total donation of money £1341.49 Chloe Tweddle
and Donna Middlemass have done many hours of volunteer work and delivered a lot of food, toys, scratching posts during that time.
SARA wishes to thank them for their outstanding effort.

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On Thursday 31st March we were presented with a large donation from Petti Rossi to add to the funds to help with Sam’s leg.  We also received a collection of gifts to sell or use for the raffles.

Sam and all the animals thank Petti Rossi for their help.

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CHAIN REACTION!

HOW SWIPING A VIP CARD LED TO A SUBSTANTIAL DONATION

Pets at Home run a VIP scheme that gives members money off offers etc. Each time a customer visits the store they swipe their VIP card and a percentage of the spend is credited to their chosen animal charity by Pets At Home.

At certain periods throughout the year the chosen charity gets a donation. We work closely with the Middlesbrough store and in the winter of 2014/15 with this donation we purchased a set of dog coats for all our dogs to keep them warm and dry when they went for their walks.

A volunteer then got all the coats lettered with ‘SARA’ on one side and ‘I NEED A HOME’ on the other. Each weekend this volunteer takes a different SARA dog to a caravan she owns for the weekend.

On one of these weekends she met up with a lady who turned out to be from a charitable trust.

Some time later we received a cheque for £5000 from the charitable trust.

On a later visit our volunteer went to the lady’s house to let her know how we had spent the money.

Some time later we received another cheque for £10,000 from the same trust. We are now one of their selected charities.

It just shows how unexpected things happen. From customers swiping their VIP cards, buying coats and a chance meeting to substantial donations.

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