Kitty Hos­tel vol­un­teers take a chilly fundrais­ing dip on St Stephen’s Day

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE swim­mers dipped them­selves not once, but twice, in the Ir­ish Sea last Fri­day for the St Stephen’s Day fundraiser for Grey­stones Kitty Hos­tel.

Run by Grey­stones woman Louise Cardiff and her team of loyal vol­un­teers, the hos­tel spe­cialises in the ‘ trap, neuter, re­turn’ (TNR) of adult feral cats, pro­vid­ing vet care, and so­cial­is­ing and re-hom­ing kit­tens. This fundraiser was to raise aware­ness and an­i­mal wel­fare funds to mi­crochip do­mes­tic cats and cover the TNR costs of feral cats.

The vet bill for the or­gan­i­sa­tion is now paid how­ever fundrais­ing is on­go­ing as the amount of kit­ties in need con­tin­ues to in­crease.

It was a blus­tery and rough day with fairly busy waves trou­bling the shore at Grey­stones South Beach. How­ever, those less than per­fect con­di­tions did not de­ter the swim­mers from stay­ing in the wa­ter for a cou­ple of min­utes rather than dash­ing in for just a sec­ond. Their sup­port­ers were happy to watch from dry land, well wrapped up in warm coats.

The hos­tel is there to help re­lieve the dis­tress suf­fered by aban­doned cats and those born in the wild. It reached the news head­lines on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion, when a cat was ‘shot’ in a episode of Ir­ish drama Love/Hate in Oc­to­ber 2013. The moggy had been res­cued by Grey­stones Kitty Hos­tel two years prior to that on the side of the road, and the th­es­pian cat’s trainer was Ed­die Drew of Copse­wood Aviary in Kil­macanogue.

Just be­fore Christ­mas the hos­tel re­ceived gov­ern­ment fund­ing of €1,000. Min­is­ter Si­mon Coveney an­nounced fund­ing of over €1.8 mil­lion for 142 or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in de­liv­er­ing an­i­mal wel­fare ser­vices through­out the coun­try.

‘2014 has been chal­leng­ing and at times dif­fi­cult and con­tin­u­ing re­ports of an­i­mal cru­elty have high­lighted the need to as­sist an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions in their work,’ said the min­is­ter.

Si­mon Lang, Louise Cardiff and Kerri Hem­pen­stall get a blast of icy wa­ter as they pre­pare to stay in the wa­ter for at least two min­utes – which they did – at the Grey­stones Kitty Hos­tel St Stephen’s Day swim.

Sash Travers, Louise Cardiff, Kerri Hem­pen­stall and Si­mon Lang head for the sea at the Grey­stones Kitty Hos­tel St Stephen’s Day swim.

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