The Algernon Trust charity shop on Sheaf Street celebrated its first anniversary in Daventry on Saturday, February 14 with the guest appearance of Bronte the cat.
Animal lovers got to meet the celebrity kitty, which appeared on TV’s Cats Do The Funniest Things last month as the store marked a successful year of raising vital funds for the Algernon Sanctuary, a re-homing centre and wildlife rescue based in Whittlebury.
Sarah Barrett, who manages the store, said: “The Algernon Trust has worked tirelessly for nearly 25 years serving the whole of Northamptonshire and beyond, rescuing and re-homing animals, many of which have been abandoned or abused. The work we do is physically and mentally exhausting, costly, time consuming and sadly never ending.
“Jane Shepherd set up the Sanctuary nearly 25 years ago and used up all of her own money to finance the Trust’s work.”
“The registered charity now runs entirely on donations and fundraising, with the help of unpaid volunteers. Finance is a continual worry as the bills for food and vets fees are immense. Requests for help are endless and animals are often taken in by the Trust when other large charities cannot help.
“The shop helps bring in desperately needed funds and also raises awareness of what the Trust does in helping the local community and further afield.
“It has also helped find more fosterers and new homes for the many animals in their care.”
The charity store is appealing for anyone who can volunteer any time to help run to the store to visit the store and make their interest know. For more information about the charity and how to donate, visit www.algernontrust.org.uk/algernontrust.org.uk/home.html.