Urgent appeal to save Newport wildlife charity

South Wales Argus: Lucy Boardman (L) and Sharon Swithin with a hedgehog at the City Wildlife trust in Newport who are under threat due to a funding crisis. (4602835) Lucy Boardman (L) and Sharon Swithin with a hedgehog at the City Wildlife trust in Newport who are under threat due to a funding crisis. (4602835)

AN URGENT appeal for donations has been made to save a Newport wildlife charity.

City Wildlife, run solely by volunteers, faces closure if it fails to raise the £30,000 needed to keep it up and running.

Since it was founded in 2009, the charity in Albert Avenue, Newport, takes in more than 2,500 casualties a year and works with the emergency services, councils and schools, to care for the wildlife across Gwent.

The funding crisis was caused by a recent management shake up combined with lack of donations, which led to the temporary closure of the RSPCA-approved charity .

Volunteer Lucykate Bodman, 20, said that the charity is looking to fundraise through events such as cake sales, and fancy dress events, but is also appealing for the public to come forward and donate.

“Due to a change in management structure and a lack of donations we are in a financial crisis,” she said.

“We have had donations from people who are good friends of the charity but we have not been able to reach out to the general public which has partially led to the charity being forced to close temporarily until we can get the funding to get it back up and running.”

The charity which operates a 24/7 service with just six volunteers, has a state of the art hospital unit along with an ambulance that is fully equipped to deal with any emergency.

Spokeswoman for the charity Sharon Swithin added: “Lack of funding is a major issue in what we do.

“We care for around 3,000 species a year and it is a lot of money to fund this.

“We need to be able to pay for things like heating and vet costs. Everyone is gutted that we had to close temporarily as some of the things we have done have been amazing. We believe that wildlife deserves a chance. If it shuts, it is going to be a massive loss to the city.”

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6:58am Fri 14 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

I may be more tempted to donate if it was made clearer why a change in management structure has contributed to financial difficulties.
I may be more tempted to donate if it was made clearer why a change in management structure has contributed to financial difficulties. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 19

7:05am Fri 14 Mar 14

Dixie Smith says...

I've used the services of this charity and I will be contributing.
I've used the services of this charity and I will be contributing. Dixie Smith
  • Score: 12

7:42am Fri 14 Mar 14

Bommaz says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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wrote:
I may be more tempted to donate if it was made clearer why a change in management structure has contributed to financial difficulties.
The change in management structure as follows, one of the founders who part owned the premises had to leave and we City Wildlife care are raising funds to buy it out, donations for all charities have been down over the last few years, but CWC runs without grants or government funding just public donations, and now the appeal has started they are confident they can be up and running by 24th march
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: I may be more tempted to donate if it was made clearer why a change in management structure has contributed to financial difficulties.[/p][/quote]The change in management structure as follows, one of the founders who part owned the premises had to leave and we City Wildlife care are raising funds to buy it out, donations for all charities have been down over the last few years, but CWC runs without grants or government funding just public donations, and now the appeal has started they are confident they can be up and running by 24th march Bommaz
  • Score: 18

7:45am Fri 14 Mar 14

Bommaz says...

You can also donate via the website at www.citywildlifecare
.org.uk
You can also donate via the website at www.citywildlifecare .org.uk Bommaz
  • Score: 8

8:12am Fri 14 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Bommaz wrote:
GardenVarietyMushroo

m
wrote:
I may be more tempted to donate if it was made clearer why a change in management structure has contributed to financial difficulties.
The change in management structure as follows, one of the founders who part owned the premises had to leave and we City Wildlife care are raising funds to buy it out, donations for all charities have been down over the last few years, but CWC runs without grants or government funding just public donations, and now the appeal has started they are confident they can be up and running by 24th march
Seems fair enough. Thanks for the clarification.
[quote][p][bold]Bommaz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: I may be more tempted to donate if it was made clearer why a change in management structure has contributed to financial difficulties.[/p][/quote]The change in management structure as follows, one of the founders who part owned the premises had to leave and we City Wildlife care are raising funds to buy it out, donations for all charities have been down over the last few years, but CWC runs without grants or government funding just public donations, and now the appeal has started they are confident they can be up and running by 24th march[/p][/quote]Seems fair enough. Thanks for the clarification. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 13

2:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

slimboy88 says...

they can get grants and things but these take a long time to come through when time is against them
they can get grants and things but these take a long time to come through when time is against them slimboy88
  • Score: 2

5:59pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Newportsucks85 says...

I came across 2 false widow spiders in my line of work, the only company I could get to collect and who where happy to look after them was City Wildlife...Great company, sad to see it in financial difficulty!
I came across 2 false widow spiders in my line of work, the only company I could get to collect and who where happy to look after them was City Wildlife...Great company, sad to see it in financial difficulty! Newportsucks85
  • Score: 2

8:00pm Fri 14 Mar 14

comeontheport says...

bommaz post is not quite right, a conversation with a board member cleared up a few points:
The change in management structure basically means that the charities trustees want the charity to become less dependent on the goodwill of a couple of its volunteers who have made a huge contribution but at a high personal cost.
The charity urgently needs money to buy a new reliable rescue vehicle, which would be owned by the charity. The one they have is kaput and owned by a volunteer. The trustees feel it is unfair for volunteers to lose their vehicle due to the high mileage that rescue work entails. This is the second privately owned vehicle that has bitten the dust.

While the current premises is still being used as a hospital facility for wildlife and will continue to do so, the land is privately owned. The charity is not charged. However access for volunteers has become difficult as the owner can no longer be there to allow access and a new premises is needed which would be owned/rented by the charity, (rather than privately owned) eg an industrial unit which would become a central point for the charity to operate from. This is why they are urgently appealing for donations now.

City Wildlife Care has been a huge success since they started five years ago and the trustees would like to thank all their supporters, who have given generously with money, time and effort. The time has now come for the charity to stand on its own two feet and the trustees hope that everyone will get on board and help. Just giving a pound a week will help fund the ONLY registered, all species wildlife hospital in south wales.

I hope that covers it I'm on board to help - I hope you are too!!!!!!!!!!
bommaz post is not quite right, a conversation with a board member cleared up a few points: The change in management structure basically means that the charities trustees want the charity to become less dependent on the goodwill of a couple of its volunteers who have made a huge contribution but at a high personal cost. The charity urgently needs money to buy a new reliable rescue vehicle, which would be owned by the charity. The one they have is kaput and owned by a volunteer. The trustees feel it is unfair for volunteers to lose their vehicle due to the high mileage that rescue work entails. This is the second privately owned vehicle that has bitten the dust. While the current premises is still being used as a hospital facility for wildlife and will continue to do so, the land is privately owned. The charity is not charged. However access for volunteers has become difficult as the owner can no longer be there to allow access and a new premises is needed which would be owned/rented by the charity, (rather than privately owned) eg an industrial unit which would become a central point for the charity to operate from. This is why they are urgently appealing for donations now. City Wildlife Care has been a huge success since they started five years ago and the trustees would like to thank all their supporters, who have given generously with money, time and effort. The time has now come for the charity to stand on its own two feet and the trustees hope that everyone will get on board and help. Just giving a pound a week will help fund the ONLY registered, all species wildlife hospital in south wales. I hope that covers it I'm on board to help - I hope you are too!!!!!!!!!! comeontheport
  • Score: 2

1:23am Sat 15 Mar 14

Tracy Brace says...

City Wildlife Care is vital for the future of our wildlife. Mike Edwards works until he drops for this charity. I have been a supporter for the past five years and have watched the good work and the huge quantity of animals whose lives have been saved. Where would our wildlife be without City Wildlife Care because CITY WILDLIFE REALLY DOES CARE!
City Wildlife Care is vital for the future of our wildlife. Mike Edwards works until he drops for this charity. I have been a supporter for the past five years and have watched the good work and the huge quantity of animals whose lives have been saved. Where would our wildlife be without City Wildlife Care because CITY WILDLIFE REALLY DOES CARE! Tracy Brace
  • Score: 5

4:57pm Sat 15 Mar 14

siameselady says...

A fabulous charity that does so much good work. I have donated today and will do in future...
A fabulous charity that does so much good work. I have donated today and will do in future... siameselady
  • Score: 3

9:34am Sun 16 Mar 14

Watcher101 says...

Though b0mmaz = mike edwards = CWC founder. mixed messages coming out from CWC.
How do we know CWC wont be in the same situation this time next yer
Though b0mmaz = mike edwards = CWC founder. mixed messages coming out from CWC. How do we know CWC wont be in the same situation this time next yer Watcher101
  • Score: 2

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