Pop-up shop raises almost £11k for dogs

Volunteers from Keith's Rescue Dogs at its fundraising shop within the Hildreds.
Volunteers from Keith's Rescue Dogs at its fundraising shop within the Hildreds.

A Skegness shopping centre has once again thrown a life-line to a vital local dogs charity and in the process helped it to raise almost £11,000.

For the second time in 2013 the Hildreds Shopping Centre opened its doors once again to Keith’s Rescue Dogs.

During 20 prime trading days throughout the festive period the shop opened at 10am each morning and was staffed throughout by a few dedicated charity volunteers (some of whom are pictured, right, with the Hildreds’ Steve Andrews).

“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 charity volunteer Pollyanne Trapmore-Shaw. “We were again begging for donated stock and gifts to sell. We are very grateful to the Hildreds Centre and all our customers but also to those who responded to our pleas and brought things in too.”

The total amount raised through sale of donated goods and tombola was a staggering £10,782.50 from December 16 to January 11.

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.

“The amount raised during these 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,” added a spokesperson.

The charity is now preparing for its next major fundraising event on Sunday, April 6 the Annual Charity Dog Walk.

Call 01754 763543 or email keithsrescuedogs@btopenworld.com for further details.