Battersea Dogs & Cats Home attended the annual People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala last week to celebrate the award of an incredible £800,000 to Battersea in 2017 – all thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery meant that the world-famous animal rescue centre was able to expand its Volunteering and Fostering Department and help even more abandoned and unwanted animals.
Battersea’s 1200 volunteers and foster carers provide essential care for the 7,000 dogs and cats that the charity takes in every year. From walking dogs to raising money at events and helping anxious or recovering animals who need a comforting home environment. Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery the charity was able to open a new Volunteering & Fostering Resource Centre. The Resource Centre is a dedicated space including computers, a library and social area for people to share their knowledge, and to learn and develop their skills on dog and cat welfare issues.
The charity gala, held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, was a celebration of the achievements of a variety of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The lottery also took the opportunity to announce an increase to 32% of each ticket sale going directly to good causes.
Amy Metcalf-McQueeney, Trusts Manager at Battersea, said “We’re so grateful for the continued support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Without this, we wouldn’t have been able to support the dedicated volunteers and foster carers who spent over 83,000 hours helping Battersea last year.
“On behalf of Battersea, the volunteers, and of course, the thousands of dogs and cats that come through these gates every year, we say thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Here’s to another great year in 2018!”