A team of five from Friday Media Group enjoyed a warm welcome and packed itinerary at Raystede last week – everything from learning about animal care, to socialising with rats and hamsters, weeding the flower beds, dog walking and window cleaning.
The animal welfare charity hosts ‘Helping Hands’ days at the extensive animal centre in Ringmer, East Sussex, allowing employees from local and national companies to volunteer their time and have a fun day out.
Mia Sampietro, Community and Events Officer at Raystede said: “During our Helping Hands days volunteers might get involved in gardening, painting animal shelters and fencing, general maintenance and tidying up. This means we can reduce our costs and ensure more of the money donated goes directly to supporting our animals.”
All Friday Media Group staff enjoy a company policy of being able to spend a day a year volunteering for a charity of their choice. Raystede was the choice of Binny Hawketts, Natalie Woodford and Alison Clements, and the three were joined by Binny’s husband Neil and Alison’s son James.
After an introduction to Raystede, Mia gave the group a guided tour taking in the shady Sanctuary area which is a safe haven for wildfowl, the Equine area, and the beautifully kept Cattery, Aviaries, Tortoise enclosure and Kennels.
Then it was time for a dog walk around the outer grounds with three lively dogs – Delilah, Jake and Syd. After lunch the hard work began – weeding and polishing the outdoor kennel windows.
“It was an eventful and incredibly rewarding day for us all,” said Natalie. “It’s great to see how well the animals are cared for, and we were amazed at the facilities at Raystede. The Kennels were so impressive and although many dogs have come from distressing situations, you can see they are thriving here.”
The Friday Media Group Foundation is delighted to be organising Paws to the Floor – a charity dog walk that will raise funds for Raystede. It takes place at East Brighton Park on Sunday 13th July. Click here for all the details.
Raystede was founded by Miss Raymonde Hawkins MBE in 1952 and has grown over the last 62 years to a 43 acre animal welfare centre, helping nearly 2,000 animals every year.
To continue its work, Raystede relies on donations and legacies so if you’d like to donate or get involved visit the website at http://www.raystede.org/