RSPCA hail Barnoldswick shop experience as ‘brilliant’

Elizabeth Watkins and Donna Cadman outside the RSPCA pop-up shop in Frank Street.

Elizabeth Watkins and Donna Cadman outside the RSPCA pop-up shop in Frank Street.

  • by Will Cook

Volunteers of the RSPCA’s Craven branch have hailed the group’s first ever pop-up shop experience as “brilliant”.

The national charity’s Craven and Upper Wharfdale branch opened up for a week in Barnoldswick’s Frank Street shop in April and through sales of clothes, shoes and bric-a-brac the group raised a total of £1,777.93.

In 2013, with the organisation run locally entirely by volunteers and with the support of businesses and people, the RSPCA rehoused 76 dogs and 94 cats as well as neutering 289 animals.

With the money from the Frank Street venture, volunteers believe it could pay for a month’s worth of vets bills or kennelling costs.

Donna Cadman, from the RSPCA’s Craven and Upper Wharfdale group, said: “We are a tiny organisation in a large area. We have 15 volunteers covering 350 square miles.

“We take in dogs and cats from the inspectorate or occasionally on a welfare basis and then we will look after them and find them a new home.

“The shop has been brilliant. It was an amazing success, constantly busy with really good quality items on sale, many of them new. This absolutely won’t be the last time we do something like this. The location of the shop was brilliant. We want more of the same. There was a lovely response from local in Barnoldswick and we’ll be back. This will make a huge difference.”

The RSPCA will be one of a number of stallholders at a Flea Market at the Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick on Saturday, June 14th.




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