The Ark Rescue & Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Many of our supporters know of the support and encouragement we receive from Alex and Erik of Alex Clark Art based in County Durham and are admirers of Alex's art. They enjoy buying items of stock from our shop designed by Alex and, of course, her Christmas cards. We are once again delighted and so grateful to receive from Alex and Erik another wonderful donation of £4000 raised from a percentage of the sales of their Christmas cards worldwide as well as a personal contribution. We are proud to be associated with Alex Clark Art and to stock their range of goods in our shop and, when a customer buys an item, we love telling them that Alex and Erik are big supporters of our work, not only making very generous donations to our charity but that they are our friends.
Thanks to the lovely staff and generous customers at Pets at Home Derby, Meteor Centre, there was a fantastic result for our charity from their annual Santa Paws appeal. Here's Ruby (and Jane!) collecting the cheque for an amazing £2,271. 89!!! Huge thanks from all of the dogs and cats at The Ark .
This year's Celebration of Animals Service had the largest congregation we have ever had, both two legged and four!! Maud, the donkey from the Donkey Sanctuary Derbyshire Centre, behaved perfectly even though it was her first time attending the Service and we also had shire horse Goldie and two ponies outside, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Critchlow. There were many, many dogs of all shapes and sizes in church who also behaved very well, although the 'singing' got a little noisy at times and we also had ferrets, hamsters and rabbits. Singers from Myforte Music performed a selection of songs and carols, volunteers from Ashbourne Animal Welfare gave readings about cats and dogs and the pleasure and companionship they give to us. The service was taken by Rev Duncan Ballard and many of those who attended remarked how much they enjoyed the service and how much it meant to them.
Happy New Year and Thank You to all our loyal friends, sponsors and supporters
Volunteer Becca completed her sponsored climb up Snowdon, despite encountering all sorts of weather!! So far she has raised an amazing £664 ...... and you still have a couple of weeks to add to that if you would like to! You can donate by using the Donate button on this website (please put Snowdon Walk in the Your Message box). Thank you to everybody who supported Becca and helped to raise so much for our cats and dogs.
We have started our annual Christmas Dinner Appeal and our cats and dogs will be very pleased if you are able to support this by asking family and friends to fill in the dishes to help buy them extra treats at Christmas. You can download a form by clicking on the button below, collect one at one of our events or contact The Ark on 01335 300494. Thank you for supporting us.
It is with great sadness that we are writing to tell you that we have said goodbye to Fabulous Fruitie, our beloved office cat. We made sure she did the things she liked to do on her last day, with the people she knew and loved, then she was put to sleep whilst being cuddled in Wanda's arms. Taking that decision was incredibly hard even though we know it was time and the kindest thing for her. Our hearts are broken now we no longer have this very special little black cat for company in the office. She is buried at The Ark in Luke's Garden alongside dear Mr Riffers, who also worked as our Office cat some years before.
Fruitie shared our office for almost three years and became very skilled at supervising our work, but her greatest and most important contribution was her comforting presence. She was always guaranteed to cheer us up whatever else might be happening and would sit alongside us purring encouragement and was always ready for a cuddle when the going got tough. She was incredibly loving and gentle and also a very brave little soul, coping with all her health problems without complaint. She found a way into the heart of everyone who met her and even converted dyed in the wool dog lovers into lovers of little black cats! We firmly believe she was very happy here and we were certainly happy to have her share our life.
Our office at The Ark will never be the same without her and it will take us a long time to recover and she will always be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Yiphee.....we're delighted to say that we have raised £3686 from this year's raffle as well as receiving an extra £1502 in donations! This is our best ever result so a big thank you to all our supporters who bought or sold raffle tickets for us and to all those individuals and businesses who generously donated the prizes.
A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the recent Pets at Home VIP Love to Give Campaign - thanks to you we not only were a winner but the First Prize winner for our area! This means that we will receive £5000 to spend helping us with our rescue and rehoming work but also a further £2500 worth of VIP Lifelines vouchers to spend in our local Pets at Home Store on food and goodies for our cats and dogs. We are partnered with the Derby Meteor Centre Pets at Home store and as always they have fully supported us helping us to get votes and become a winner.