£6,800 windfall for dog rescue charity

Hildreds Centre Manager Pete Roffe with charity worker Keith Smith. Photo supplied.
Hildreds Centre Manager Pete Roffe with charity worker Keith Smith. Photo supplied.
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A local dog rescue charity is “staggered” after a temporary fundraising shop inside Skegness’s Hildreds Centre generated almost £7,000 in just three weeks.

During much of August Keith’s Rescue Dogs operated a charity shop inside one of the vacant units in the shopping centre after the Hildreds management heard that the group was facing “dire financial straits”.

The shop opened at 10am each morning and was staffed throughout by a few dedicated charity volunteers.

And demand for the shop’s goods far exceeded the charity’s expectations.

“I still don’t quite know how we managed it but everyone knew it was a golden opportunity and pulled together - putting in the hours to make it work,” said Keith Smith.

“We were literally begging for donated stock and gifts towards the end of week two; we are very grateful to the Hildreds Centre and all of our customers but also those who brought things in too,” he added.

The total raised through sale of donated goods and tombola was a staggering £6,749.69.

The Keith’s Rescue Dogs charity is run entirely by volunteers and it costs approximately £8,500 per month to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home approximately 80 dogs at any given time.

Keith added: ”The amount raised during the three weeks will go a long way to paying a whole month’s expenses so is a true life-line in a time when abandonment is high and re-homing is very slow.”

The charity is now collecting for their annual Christmas Fayre.

If you have toys, gifts, DVDs or CDs to donate, visit Keith’s Rescue Dogs’ charity Shop on Queens Street in Spilsby or call 01754 763543 for local pick-up.