Cavendish is approaching its 30th anniversary early in 2020. Therefore, one of the ways, our directors have decided to celebrate thirty years of being part of the business community in Sussex is to give 12 days of volunteering over the next 12 months.
They are looking for 12 employees to step forward and volunteer for a day.
The charity might be a big national organisation, a local community group or a sports club – but they must be a charitable organisation that is able to use a volunteer for a day.
Celebrating our 30th anniversary
November 2019: Peni, Dani and Petra are at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
This month, Peni Stevens (Finance Administrator), Danielle Vardy (Sales Executive) and Petra Marmaros (Marketing Executive) had a very enjoyable day volunteering at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare and although they weren’t working directly with the animals, they were tasked with wrapping the Christmas presents for the children who will be visiting Santa during their Xmas fair weekend which was very satisfying.
When they had finished, they were treated to a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with the manager and met most of the dogs and some of the cats at the sanctuary.
All the staff and volunteers that they met were really friendly and dedicated to the animals in their care, it was an honour to be part of the team for the day and they would gladly volunteer again. Peni said:
“All the staff and volunteers that we met were really friendly and dedicated to the animals in their care, it was an honour to be part of the team for the day, and I would gladly volunteer again.”
In the 1930s a lady called Miss M Raymonde-Hawkins purchased a cottage with a small patch of land just outside of Lewes in East Sussex.
A former headmistress with deep compassion for animals, she left the education sector to establish Raystede as an animal charity in 1952.
In the early days, the charity was based in her cottage and back garden. But right from the start, she pledged to provide facilities that were equal to or better than existing animal rescue centres.
Fast-forward six decades and the vision behind Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare remains as strong and impassioned as it did when Miss Raymonde-Hawkins began her campaign to give unwanted and abandoned animals a better life. Today the site has expanded across 43 acres where we care for over 2000 animals a year, rehoming over 1000 animals and providing sanctuary to even more. They are one of the most diverse rescue centres in the UK because they care for so many different species of animals.
Although Miss Raymond-Hawkins was a hero in her own right, Raystede has always been about their supporters. They couldn’t do what they do without their supporters, they make the centre what it is and provide the resources to rescue and care for animals in need. The friends of Raystede are some of their most passionate supporters, who care for animals as deeply as they do.
To find out more please visit their website at https://bit.ly/2ryzKUO