Once again this year we are having a photo competition. We held it last year and it was so successful we are hoping to make it an annual event.
To enter, your cat MUST have been adopted from us. Your photo must have only one cat on it and must be sized at 6″x 4″. The entry cost is just £1 per photo but only one photo per cat will be allowed. Please send your entry via post or simply drop in if you are passing. If you are sending via post please be careful not to put cash in your letter as some has already ‘gone missing’. A cheque or postal order is much wiser.
The top 12 photos will be entered into our Oldham Cats Calendar which will be available to buy later in the year ( a nice little ‘extra’ gift for someone at Christmas maybe?)
The Photo Competition will take place at our Summer Fair which is held at the Cattery itself on Sunday 20th July, so not long now…! Get those camera’s out and start snapping..! We are all looking forward to seeing your lovely cats photos….!
We are also, this year going to be selling a small amount of Kitten Calenders. These photo’s will be taken from kittens in our foster system and guaranteed to be very cute..! We will let everyone know when both Calendars are available. We are hoping that our supporter will love both calendars and that we manage to raise a lot of money to help further our work.
This years Summer Far will be on Sunday 20th July, held at the rescue. Usual opening time of 11am – 3pm. All the fabulous stalls will be there such as BBQ, Raffles, Tombola, Home bake and Preserves, Refreshments, Pet Stall, Children’s Toys, Craft stall, Photo competition, Bric-a-Brac and much more….plus…we are hoping to organise a Booze tent (or some other crazy description will be applied on the day!).
This years theme is “Summer Holiday”, so if you see any Cliff lookalikes or volunteers thinking they are in the tropics then rest assured that we have not gone completely mad!. Its all in a good cause and our ever keen Rod will be sharing a few songs with us and spontaneously egging the volunteers to belt a tune or two out!
All stalls are solely for ‘total funds raised’ and given directly to the rescue, therefore outside ‘profit share’ stalls need not apply to the rescue.
Anyone wishing to donate to anything for the event must bring their goodies to the rescue before the 1st July. This allows us time to organise and delegate where items are best placed on the day to accumulate the best interest. Leaving it too late will no doubt cause even more chaos!
Looking forward to another great turnout and pray for superb weather.
Thank you, Faye. Rescue Manager
PLEASE SEND ALL YOUR COLLECTED MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS WISH TOKENS TO US NOW. WE ARE READY & WAITING FOR THEM! THE MORE WE GET THE BIGGER OUR SHARE OF THE MONEY AVAILABLE WE GET! The Manchester Evening News Wish campaign is back on. We have been chosen as one of the charities again and would love to beat last years record. Patsy, one of our wonderful volunteers, is at the ready with her pritt stick to tape down all the vouchers and count them… so PLEASE send them to us!! Last year you helped us collect an amazing 13,855 tokens! Several worn out pritt sticks later we got £334.22 which was totally fantastic! Thank you so much from all of us at Oldham Cats xx
This is a photograph of the” Time For You” group at the rescue. They had a Sponsored walk in aid of Oldham Cats this summer. Time for You group was set up by Michelle Smith who says “This is a small group of women with Learning Disabilities who meet every Saturday. The aim of the group is to promote independence through various activities of their choice”. The group took their Sponsored Walk around Heaton Park and raised a whopping £86.69. If anyone can remember Saturday 20th July 2013….well….it was a real scorcher! I don’t know how they coped with the heat but they kept to their promise. They had all designed their own t-shirts and we must say how proud we are for all your efforts. WELL DONE TIME FOR YOU GROUP XXX
Accounts for website Oldham Cats receives no guaranteed funding but it costs a lot to run. Costs keep rising, as we all know only too well! Cat food, litter, utilities and veterinary fees (which includes neutering of all adopted cats and kittens at 6 months old) are on the increase. We have good and bad years financially and any rescue can be hit at any time by a virus outbreak which involves closing until it is cleared, a very costly experience which thankfully has only happened twice in our lifetime so far (the last time being in 2006). Last year (2012/13) we spent over £4,000 more than we raised – just click on the link ‘Accounts for Website’ at the start of this post to see the detail. The Trustees and volunteers have been pulling out all the stops this year to do a huge variety of fundraising including making knitted snake cat toys which sell from our office for £1, promoting sponsorship of our resident cats, and running tombolas in shopping centres. We couldn’t survive without the amazing support we receive from some regular donors – individuals who generously give us their own personal money. Thankyou!! Special thanks too to Samantha Fahmy who has raised an incredible amount over the last two years by collecting knitted and crocheted goods, co-ordinating it all and persuading market traders where she works to sell it on their stalls with all proceeds going to Oldham Cats. Samantha, you are fantastic! And special thanks too to a group called the Streetcats who have members from all over the UK and worldwide. They have donated money regularly, bought off our Amazon wish list, sent amazing handmade goods and second hand goods to sell at our winter and summer fairs and done a host of other money raising things for us. We cannot thank you enough, you are amazing, all of you! xx
We were delighted to received an unexpected donation of £250 through our PayPal account from a company called Haynes. Their email explained that our patron, Rick Wakeman, had helped them out on a project and asked them to donate £250 to us instead of giving it to him. This was a wonderful surprise and will help us enormously! Thankyou from all of us at Oldham Cats xx
We now have an Amazon Wish List which is kept regularly up to date with the things we desperately need for the rescue. It’s made a huge difference, and everything that’s been donated so far has saved our pennies for other things such as our vet bills and rent. If you want to support us by buying us any of the things on the wish list you can either shop via the list. Everything is sent direct to Oldham Cats when you order from it so, no hassles, just money spending and helping us. How good is that?! Or, you can buy the same things in shops and drop it off to us. Either way is brilliant. A huge thankyou to everyone who has bought us things so far. Long may it continue xx UPDATE: As at 15th September 2013 people have bought us £540 worth of goods via the Amazon Wish List and it’s only been going a few months! We estimate that with goods bought locally and brought to us by people checking what we need on the Wish List first, the total value of donations so far exceeds £750!! We are absolutely overwhelmed by the huge level of generosity. Thankyou xx
Despite a huge rain storm 2 hours into our 4 hour summer fair on 28th July it was the most incredible success! Stallholders worked amazingly hard as did all the volunteers, during the run up to the day and throughout the fair. Lots of people came and showed their support by spending and donating an incredible total of £4,010.81!! This is the most we’ve ever raised at one of our fairs and we were overwhelmed. The rescue costs a lot to run so this will make a massive difference to us. A huge heart felt thankyou from all of us at Oldham Cats, including the volunteers and resident cats, some of whom helped out on the day xxx Here’s Ginge giving jewellery advice at his first fair as a resident.
PETS AT HOME has donated £200 to Oldham Cats and we didn’t even ask! How lovely of them is that? It turns out they pay close attention to the goings on at a number of smaller scale animal charities such as ours and, as well as their Charity of the Year, they also make one-off donations to smaller animal charities. We had no idea they did that but are very glad they chose to help us. It gets harder and harder to raise the funds to keep Oldham Cats going and costs keep rising so every penny helps. A big thankyou Pets at Home http://www.petsathome.com/(Jill, Voluntary Treasurer, Oldham Cats. 21st August 2013).
UPDATE TUESDAY 22nd January 2013
FANTASTIC NEWS FOR THE MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS VOUCHERS FOR MAKE A WISH 12.
For a very small rescue we had an amazing response to this appeal. We raised 13,855 tokens!! It has been published today in the paper that we have raised a total amount of £334.22. This is a fantastic amount and we want to THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
We we are amongst 207 charities throughout the North West applying for a share of the money on offer. People had to collect the daily tokens listed in the Manchester Evening News and post them periodically to our rescue.
Faye Kennerley, Rescue Manager. Xxxx
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