Every year, we raise money for a range of charities with the sales of our Christmas cards – and we are overjoyed to announce that, with your support, our 2021 collection has raised an extraordinary £15,000!
This year, we chose to share the money amongst a number of small local animal charities and a couple of causes who are very close to our hearts here at Whistlefish.
The Clydesdale Horse Society protect the maintain the purity of the breed and promote the Clydesdale Horse. The popularity of the breed has continued to grow over the last few years, but sadly the breed is still very much endangered and we all need to work on. The founder and managing director of Whistlefish, Lyn is proud to have Clydesdale Horses as part of her family at home and they hold a special place in the hearts of our Whistlefish family.
Ian Roy, Secretary of The Clydesdale Horse Society said “The words 'thank you' seem to me to be quite insufficient to fully articulate the support that you give us. You have no idea how much we appreciate what you do for the society, a society which I know you love. There is a well-known expression often used in Scotland which talks about 100,000 welcomes. In Gaelic the expression is Ceud Mille Failte, as you will most probably know. For you today and using a little bit of literary licence and I simply say 100,000 thank you's from us to you all."
The Clydesdale Horse Society is so grateful for everything that everyone within the Whistlefish family do for us and I hope that this message can be conveyed not just to you but to your whole team who are stars in our eyes.”
For over 100 years, The Shire Horse Society have been committed to the conservation and development of the breed. The breeding and use of these gentle giants is being actively encouraged throughout the country.
Victoria Clayton from The Shire Horse Society said: It is wonderful to hear that you had a great campaign, we are so very grateful to have again been one that Lyn and the team chose. The cards are always lovely designs and are of a fantastic quality. The sum is wonderful, thank you. We are delighted.”
Holmewood Animal Rescue, are almost entirely an independent charity based very close to the Whistlefish Head Office in Redruth, Cornwall. They are classed as a small rescue despite the 200 animals that they are currently looking after. Whilst not extremely well-known and with very few volunteers, they re-home so many animals, usually locally and provide a vital service for the local communities.
Holmewood Animal Rescue said: "Thank you so very much for your very kind donation! It will be much appreciated by all of our rescued animals."
Paws2Freedom is a small HMRC registered, Cornwall-based dog rescue charity. Made up of a family of volunteers and supporters, they are dedicated to changing the desperate situations of dogs in the UK. They operate a strict no-kill policy, instead preferring to work with the dogs to improve their health and well-being and, if needed, raise funds for surgery and a range of other treatments both curative and palliative to improve their quality of life.
Susan from Paws2Freedom said: “That's just so amazing and we are totally blown away by your generosity. Wow! What a wonderful way to start the new year. We can’t tell you how much this means and helps.”
Maria's Animal Shelter started off with one pony and is becoming a big success, taking in all kinds of animals including: Goats, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, birds and hamsters. Maria went to the Duchy College in the year 2000 to pursue her passion for animals and their welfare. After which came an opportunity to start her own animal shelter on a perfect little piece of land in Probus, Cornwall.
Maria from Maria’s Animal Shelter said: Thank you so much for supporting us. We really appreciate it and desperately need financial help. Our charity has grown so much with animals always on a waiting list to come into the shelter. It is heartbreaking that we cannot help them all but at max, we can only cater for around 100 animals at one time. This money will help us a lot.
Hedgehog numbers have seen rapid decline across the UK in recent years, with an estimated 523,000 remaining in England, Scotland and Wales. Prickles and Paws are a dedicated 'Hogspital' in Cornwall, where they work to conserve this iconic species, particularly in rural areas where their decline is believed to be most rapid.
Katy from Prickles and Paws said: "Wow that is absolutely amazing, thank you ever so much for your support! Thank you to everyone who bought the cards and helped raise this donation."
Finally the last charity we have chosen to help is the incredible Hope for Homeless SW who run the Garage Cafe in Plymouth, providing much needed support for the regions rough sleepers every evening.
Jason Parsons from Hope for the Homeless Plymouth said: I want to say a big thank you to all for raising these funds it will go a long way in support the Homeless. I can't thank you all enough.”