Newport wildlife charity facing axe gets £5k boost

Newport City Wildlife Trust volunteer Sharon Swithin with "Idris" an American Kestrel (5100547)

Newport City Wildlife Trust volunteer Sharon Swithin with "Idris" an American Kestrel (5100547)

First published in News

FOLLOWING an urgent appeal for donations to save Newport wildlife charity City Wildlife, an anonymous donor has given £5,000 to the charity.

City Wildlife, run solely by volunteers, faces closure if it fails to raise the £30,000 needed to keep it up and running following a management shake-up and a lack of donations.

But thanks to donations from various members of the public and a generous individual who donated £5,000; it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“So far we have received a total of £7,500 in donations and fundraising events for the Trust,” said volunteer member Lucykate Bodman.

Since it was founded in 2009, the charity in Albert Avenue, Newport, takes in over 2,500 animals a year.

“The money we have been receiving has been used to sustain our existing work asWe currently have 12 hedgehogs in our care and we have used the money to go towards their food,” Lucykate added.

The charity operates a 24/7 service with just six volunteers.

As well as continuing to appeal for the public to come forward and donate Miss Bodman said that the charity is looking to fundraise through events such as cake sales, and fancy dress events.

Despite the temporary closure of the trust members have also continued to work hard to get it back up and running; working with Nash College students to redesign their website which is temporarily down.

On the initial fundraising appeal spokeswoman for the charity Sharon Swithin said: “Lack of funding is a major issue in what we do. We need to be able to pay for things like heating and vet costs.”

To make a donation to the charity’s campaign, visit on.fb.me/Na2ysJ.

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12:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

comeontheport says...

An before the usual assumptions are posted, the reason CWC only have in 12 hedgehogs is because they are still closed and these are what are left of the over wintered baby's, with all things going as they are CWC are aiming to open to the public on 14th April, let's hope they can do this and continue with their wonderful work.
An before the usual assumptions are posted, the reason CWC only have in 12 hedgehogs is because they are still closed and these are what are left of the over wintered baby's, with all things going as they are CWC are aiming to open to the public on 14th April, let's hope they can do this and continue with their wonderful work. comeontheport
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Good Job No Kids says...

I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature?

Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc.

Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others.

The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring?

In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.
I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature? Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc. Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others. The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring? In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -13

5:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

arjwain says...

would be nice.. if the vets for such good deeds were done for free . asking a bit much i know but would be nice .
would be nice.. if the vets for such good deeds were done for free . asking a bit much i know but would be nice . arjwain
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Fri 4 Apr 14

arjwain says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature?

Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc.

Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others.

The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring?

In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.
well good job there are a few humans left that don't think like you ..should we let mother and baby die because mother cant delivery her human baby WELL ITS MOTHER NATURE .
what a comment .
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature? Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc. Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others. The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring? In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.[/p][/quote]well good job there are a few humans left that don't think like you ..should we let mother and baby die because mother cant delivery her human baby WELL ITS MOTHER NATURE . what a comment . arjwain
  • Score: 8

1:58pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature? Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc. Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others. The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring? In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.
yes endangered & many are run over ... think?
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature? Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc. Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others. The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring? In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.[/p][/quote]yes endangered & many are run over ... think? Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Dixie Smith says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature?

Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc.

Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others.

The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring?

In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.
Hmmmm so if an animal/bird etc is hit by a car or runs into power lines etc do we assume Nature is at work there or perhaps the hand of humans? Talk about short sighted thinking!

I also assume you are in favour of not taking antibiotics, use hospitals or go to the doctors etc because surely you should be letting Nature take its' course with you too!!
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: I'm sure their hearts are in the right place but what right do they have to interfere with nature? Whilst you may save a hedgehog or two, in the wild they would have died and been food for many other animals, birds etc. Just seems that their "helping hand" to some species could be hindrance to others. The hedgehog is apparently an endangered species but you still see dozens and dozens run over on the roads every spring? In the current economic climate, although improving, for most donations to charity will be well down the list, particularly ones like this.[/p][/quote]Hmmmm so if an animal/bird etc is hit by a car or runs into power lines etc do we assume Nature is at work there or perhaps the hand of humans? Talk about short sighted thinking! I also assume you are in favour of not taking antibiotics, use hospitals or go to the doctors etc because surely you should be letting Nature take its' course with you too!! Dixie Smith
  • Score: 3

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