Shop­ping is a great gift for our an­i­mals

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

SO, how are you do­ing? Cards posted? Presents bought and wrapped? Tree and house dec­o­rated? Christ­mas party out­fit hang­ing in the wardrobe? (Or pos­si­bly it’s al­ready ly­ing crum­pled in a red wine-stained heap on the bed­room floor…)

De­cem­ber brings with it a huge pres­sure to buy ‘stuff ’. Christ­mas cards, gifts for fam­ily and friends, a fes­tive jumper, ad­vent cal­en­dars, some new dec­o­ra­tions for the home, per­haps a nice new hat and scarf now the weather’s colder, maybe a new ta­ble for the Christ­mas din­ner, a new sofa to re­lax on af­ter the afore­men­tioned din­ner, crock­ery, ta­ble linen, can­dle-hold­ers…the list goes on!

The good news is that you do not have to spend a for­tune – all of these things can be found in your lo­cal charity shop.

We have three shops within our branch area, in Hilling­don (12 Cres­cent Pa­rade, Uxbridge Road UB10 0LG, 01895 272 279), Ash­ford (89 Church Road TW15 2PE, 01784 423 882) and Cip­pen­ham (Unit 3, 23 Elmshott Lane SL1 5QS, 01628 662 219).

All are full to burst­ing with good-qual­ity fes­tive items – many in ‘as new’ con­di­tion.

Our Ash­ford shop has a good selec­tion of fur­ni­ture and all shops carry an ever-chang­ing selec­tion of clothes, books, house­hold goods and bric-a-brac.

Come along and ad­mire the jolly fes­tive dis­plays that our tal­ented staff and vol­un­teers have put to­gether in the win­dows. You will re­ceive a warm welcome and be able to tick a few items off your list as well.

Charity shops are a happy an­ti­dote to the con­sumerist world in which we live.

As Gaby Hinsliff wrote in the Guardian this week: “Peo­ple don’t like to feel as if they’re drain­ing a fi­nite sup­ply of raw ma­te­ri­als just to buy things they don’t need.”

Concern for the en­vi­ron­ment makes us want to re­cy­cle more and avoid buy­ing too many mass-pro­duced things which are des­tined to be dis­carded. Many of us would like to do more for charity, but are re­stricted by our fi­nances. Charity shops are the an­swer.

You can find unique, in­di­vid­ual gifts, dec­o­ra­tions and home­wares – pre-loved, vintage, an­tique, or still new and boxed – at very rea­son­able prices, as well as beau­ti­ful Christ­mas cards, and know that the money you spend will be go­ing to a good cause.

With­out our three charity shops, we would not be able to help the thou­sands of an­i­mals we help each year.

As a self-fund­ing, in­de­pen­dently reg­is­tered charity, our shops pro­vide a huge part of our in­come.

Ev­ery­thing you buy pro­vides much needed funds to help an­i­mals in need.

So this Christ­mas, please make an ef­fort to go into your lo­cal RSPCA charity shop and see what you can find.

As well as bagging a bar­gain, you can also do­nate to our Christ­mas ap­peal in-store – you will find col­lec­tion boxes on the counter.

Why not con­sider a new year’s res­o­lu­tion to vol­un­teer some time in one of our shops – just ask a mem­ber of staff for more de­tails.

Over in the cat­tery, the busy kit­ten sea­son which started in the sum­mer is fi­nally com­ing to an end.

We now have a num­ber of young kit­tens and older cats who are ready to be adopted into a car­ing new home, so that they can start their happy new lives.

Brid­get (tabby) and Ja­son (black) are two of our kit­tens hop­ing that their dreams of a new home will come true.

They are 13 weeks old, and look­ing for a happy life with a fam­ily who will love and look af­ter them.

Visit www. rspc­ahilling­don­ uk to view all of our an­i­mals and down­load an adop­tion ap­pli­ca­tion form.

As the days turn wet­ter and colder, we are grate­ful for any dona­tions of old sheets and blan­kets to use for bed­ding for the an­i­mals.

These can be brought into our clinic at 16 Cres­cent Pa­rade, Hilling­don UB10 0LG.

We are also ur­gently in need of kit­ten food, as we have a lot of young fe­line mouths to feed. Thank you.

n HOME DREAMS: Brid­get and Ja­son

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