Bringing Fife’s Top Crafters Into Focus For Charity

6 Mar
Following the success of their Winter Fair “An afternoon of Clairvoyance” Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue (Registered Charity SC041871) are hoping to yet again deliver a high quality fun event to the people of Fife.

The Madcatters Crafty Market & Makeover takes place on the 23rd March at Lochgelly Town Hall between 12 and 5 pm and promises to deliver something for everyone.

Fun filled afternoon for everyone at Lochgelly Town Hall.  Remember 23rd March 2013

Fun filled afternoon for everyone at Lochgelly Town Hall. Remember 23rd March 2013

Co Founder Sarah Ross said “A wide range of specially selected high quality crafts will be on sale from local crafts people with everything from glass engraving to jewellery and hand crafted homeware to home made jam and chutney.  Our Afternoon of Clairvoyance was a huge success with over 25 different crafts people on display and several hundreds of visitors.  We hope to increase the footfall to bring even greater focus to some amazing talent in Fife whilst also raising funds for our cat rescue.”

Take the strain off your weary feet with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some fabulous home baking or take part in one of the afternoons activities such as makeovers, manicures or other beauty treatments available on the day from local companies.

Sarah adds ” we are proud to support the local crafts community with these events and feel we offer a unique and friendly atmosphere for people to shop, chat or just sit back and people watch over a cup of tea. Our last event raised over £1200 for Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue and we hope to improve with this event in terms of stall range, atmosphere and fundraising for the rescue.”

Overall the event promises to deliver a great afternoon out and the chance to purchase some very unique items for birthdays and special occasions or even to treat yourself.  There will also be some activities for the children including face painting and an easter egg tombola.

The theme for this Easter event is Alice in Wonderland so look out for the Mad March Hare on the 23rd March in Lochgelly.

If you would like more information then contact Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue on 0300 330 1412 or email info@sunnyharbour.org.uk.

Join us for some amazing home baking with your cup of tea on the day.  You won't be disappointed.

Join us for some amazing home baking with your cup of tea on the day. You won’t be disappointed.

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Help the Feline Fund by donating goods rather than monetary donations

26 Jan

We know that not everyone can either afford, or wants to donate monthly. Perhaps you would rather send the cats and kittens goods that they can use instead of money.  Well, now you can thanks to Amazon Wish List at Amazon.co.uk

We have set up a wish list of items we use every day including food, toys, stationary and more.  You choose which item(s) you would like to send and checkout as normal. Amazon will ship the items direct to Sunny Harbour.

How does this help the Feline Fund I hear you ask?

Well, by sending goods that we need every day for the cats and kittens means that we don’t have to use shelter funds / public donations to buy the items donated. Therefore it eases ever so slightly the strain on our limited funds enabling us to squirrel away a little here and there for the Feline Fund.

Since September 2012 we have managed to raise an amazing £2500 by doing just that but, we couldn’t have done it without your wonderful kindness and generosity.   We are extremely grateful to each and every person who has donated through our Amazon Wish List and we try our very best to post details to Facebook when deliveries arrive.

How do I use and find the wish list?

Thankfully Amazon UK have made the process as easy as possible. 

Go to the Amazon UK website and on the right hand side of the page click wish lists then find a wish list.

Type Sunny Harbour in the search box and our list will show.  Then browse our list of items or choose your own and follow Amazon’s checkout functionality to pay and set the delivery address as Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue.

Just in case you need it our full address is:

Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue
70 Bank Street
Lochgelly
Fife
KY5 9QN

Thank you so so much for all of the wonderful support so many have already shown. The difference you make to the welfare of the cats and helping our rescue community is far far more than you real

Help us reach our fundraising goal – Top 5 ideas for home based fundraising.

7 Jan

There are so many ways that you can help Sunny Harbour in their fundraising to create a new purpose built cat rescue centre.  We have jotted down just 5 of the ways you could help below to get you started.  Have a think and let us know what you come up with. We are always happy to hear from you and help where we can.

1 The most common activity is of course a sponsored event. You could run, cycle, abseil, swim or get the kids involved with anything from a sponsored silence to a bike ride.

2. Bake sale. Organise to meet with friends for an informal coffee & cake afternoon and donate the proceeds.  Alternatively regularly take baking to work to sell to raise funds. If you feel very organised consider running a one off or regular coffee morning.

3. Have a clear out. Sunny Harbour can utilise a wide variety of items to generate funds. This includes good quality clothes, unwanted gifts, broken or whole jewellery, unwanted paper foreign currency, mobile phones.   If you feel up to it why not ask friends and family to do the same.

4. Organise a collection at work asking people to bring in their unwanted broken jewellery, beads, currency, mobile phones, CDs, DVDs so that we can recycle them for funds.

5 Nominate Sunny Harbour for local charity draws and grants. For example Asda community nominations, Pets at Home and other stores that support local organisations.  Simply spreading the word helps so tell people you meet about us and our work.

No matter how large or small the donation it all adds up and creates more £s to help us reach our end goal.

We can only achieve this goal with your help and support and even if that means just £1 a week from you, your friends, or family it will all add up over the year and every single special penny counts.

If you would like to chat to us about your fundraising ideas then drop us an email or give us a call on 0300 330 1412.

Clairvoyance and Crafts Afternoon – Lochgelly Town Hall, 24th November

6 Nov

Looking for something interesting, unusual and fun to do with your day?  Then consider popping along to our Clairvoyance and Crafts event on the 24th November 2012 between 1 and 5pm at the Town Hall, Bank Street, Lochgelly.

Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue’s event promises something for everyone and features a wide range of crafters exhibiting their wares for sale and offering buyers a perfect opportunity to pick up unusual, handmade, one off gifts for that special someone in the lead up to Christmas.

Co Founder Sarah Ross says “we have worked very hard to ensure a balanced and varied range of crafts at this event to ensure a wide selection of wares for the public to peruse.  Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue is a local charity and we would like to bring something different to the town for people to enjoy”

Throughout the afternoon you will have the opportunity to have a reading from our guest Clairvoyants and learn what 2013 may have in store for you.  Our Clairvoyants are travelling near and far to join us for this fantastic event, with the goal of raising critical funding for our new cat rescue centre.

Sarah says “Interest has already been high for clairvoyant readings and we are advising that visitors to the event arrive for 1pm sharp to book their reading to avoid disappointment”

While you wait browse the extensive range of hand crafted gifts from jewellery to homewares, preserves to glassware from over 20 unique and exquisite crafters.

Refreshments will be on hand and we are delighted to announce that Brydies Cup Cakes are joining us on the day. Once tried, never forgotten, Brydies cupcakes are delicious masterpieces and we are sure you will agree as you enjoy her sweet delights over a cup of tea or coffee.
The Clairvoyance, Crafts and Cakes event promises to be a fun, relaxed afternoon with something for everyone’s tastes.

Please, join us, Saturday 24th November at Lochgelly Town Hall situated on Bank Street adjacent to the Bank of Scotland building.

Parking is readily available at Landale Street car park.

If you would like more information about this event, our Feline Fund project or Sunny Harbours core rescue work then please call 0300 330 1412.

Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue will be on hand to take questions on cat care and our work for the new cat rescue centre project.

Sincere thanks to Glasgow Boxing Promoters – SK Promotions

8 Sep

Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue have a huge debt of thanks to pay to Glasgow based SK Promotions after they raised an amazing £730 from a charity raffle on the 1st & 2nd September in aid of Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue.

The charity raffle was a huge success and the funds raised as a result of the charity raffle will be a fantastic early boost to our Feline Fund Appeal.

On behalf of us all and especially the current and future kitties of Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue, a massive, heartfelt thank you!!!

If you have any ideas for a fundraising event or would like to help us in organising a future fundraiser then please get in touch.

First public talks about our Feline Fund Appeal

4 Sep

The weekend of the 1st and 2nd September 2012 saw Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue take to their stand at the Love Pets Show 2012 to talk to the public about our work in cat rescue and how they and you, can help us in achieving our goals of the Feline Fund.

Our project to create a purpose built facility to secure the future for cat rescue in East Central Scotland was well received by the public.  As expected the majority of people we spoke to were not aware of the severity of the current problem and how things will decline in coming years.  Many were shocked by the statistics we provided;

  • Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue alone have to turn away 15 – 40 cats every WEEK due to no spaces for them to come into.
  • Only 20% of the cats we DO take in are Vaccinated.  Disease in cats is on the rise and is going to continue to do so with such low levels of take up in vaccines.
  • Roughly 70% of the cats that we take in at Sunny Harbour as a result of stray, unwanted or abandonment issues are UNDER 18mths of age.
  • Only 40% of cats admitted to Sunny Harbour are neutered.  Every day there are literally thousands of kittens for sale on the internet, which will become the cats in need of rescue, of tomorrow.

We were very pleased at the reception our project received at the event but the public reaction to the facts also highlight just how unaware the public truly are of the scale of the problem we face and just how much worse things are going to get.

Certainly, for the sake of the cats, Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue as an organisation and if nothing else, the sanity of Paul and Sarah our Co Founders, we MUST succeed.

Paul chatting to the public about our cat rescue work.

Can you help us?

28 Aug

If you are reading this thank you for visiting to learn about our project and can we say how much we desperately need your help to reach our objectives.

Whilst you can support our project with regular or one off   monetary donations there are also several other ways you can help us create a safe future for the street cats of tomorrow, even if it is just sharing this website, telling friends and family about us and helping us raise more support.

1 way is to arrange community collections.  There are a number of items that Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue collect that we utilise to raise funds for the cat rescue.  Items such as:

  • CD / DVD / Games (Xbox, PS, PC)
  • Unwanted Gifts
  • Mobile Phones
  • Costume Jewellery, Beads, Gold / Silver Jewellery (Broken or whole)
  • Watches (Broken or Whole)
  • Good Quality Clothing
  • Foreign Paper Currency

Perhaps you could post a notice in the local shop?  Or ask friends and family or even neighbours to help in collecting goods?

You could organise a bake sale?  BBQ at home? take part in a car boot sale for the cats?

You don’t have to do anything big, even little things help and the more people we can get to support our work and help us a ‘little’ the greater chance we have to reach our objectives and continue providing first class care to more and more cats every year.

Challenge yourself with a fundraising event such as a sponsored hill walk, swim, cycle, bungee, abseil or any other activity you think would be fun and challenging to raise critical funding needed to save the cats and kittens of tomorrow from disease and sickness as well as homelessness.

Co Founder Paul abseiling down the Forth Rail Bridge in a sponsored abseil for Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue

If you wish to do a sponsored event remember you can use our Virgin Money Giving pages to collect sponsorship and Gift Aid online.

Whatever way you choose to help know that without you, we could not provide the care we already do for SO many cats and kittens each year.  Without you, we will never be able to improve the world for the cats and kittens of tomorrow.  We desperately need your help to spread the word, help our fundraising efforts and keep us pushing forward in these already very difficult times.

If we don’t put in place plans for the future to expand we fear that our current resources will be stretched to breaking point leaving the cats with no Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue for help.  Please, if you can, take a few moments to consider how best you can help us and our feline charges.

If you would like to know more about our vision for the future be sure to visit our main Feline Fund website.

Please do contact us with any questions you may have or ideas for fundraising you feel can help us achieve our goals.

What is the Feline Fund?

28 Aug

The Feline Fund is the name Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue have given to our project to raise the capital needed to purchase land and begin building works to create our very own purpose built cat rescue centre within a radius of approximately 20 miles of our current location in Fife, to secure the future welfare of the ever increasing stray cat population in the Fife, Edinburgh and Lothian regions.

Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue primarily serve the Fife, Lothian and Edinburgh areas, however we regularly take in cats in desperate need of help ‘out of area’ from Oban to Glasgow and even as far south as Birmingham, where there has been a need for our specialist care.

Sadly, despite over 2 decades of sending out the Neutering message there continues to be an alarming increase in the number of cats in need of help and the problem is getting bigger with every year that passes.  The volume of stray cats wandering our streets is forever increasing and more and more people are looking for help in rehoming their cats or kittens. Sunny Harbour Cat Rescue’s currently limited resources are struggling to cope with the deluge of new cases that arrive every day.

This is a much needed resource in the area and without it, animal welfare, particular for cats is going to revert back a few decades in level of care, disease and volume of stray cats.

Joey - Just one of the cats that Sunny Harbour have fought desperately to save, only to be lost to Rainbow Bridge as we got to him too late.

At the current time we have to turn away approximately 20 – 40 people a week who are looking for homes for their cats due to a wide range of circumstances, simply because we do not have the facilities or room to help as we are at full capacity 90% of the year

By putting in place a purpose built facility we will be able to create essential spaces to help these families and cats in need without having to turn them away simply due to lack of facilities.  We will be able to provide dedicated facilities and areas for post natal and intensive nursing care as well as rehabilitation of cats with severe behavioural problems.

As part of the expansion we will also be looking to include education on animal welfare for local children’s groups and schools through talks and inviting the children to the centre to learn what rescue work entails and how to responsible care for a pet.  Extend our volunteer programs and work with local vets and the veterinary school to provide trainee vets with insight into how rescue truly work as well as enabling hands on experience in the hope of enriching their start to a veterinary career