Animal charities mark Remember A Charity Week

15 September 2010

Today marked the start of a series of themed days to celebrate Remember A Charity Week.

Animal charities nationwide ran their own activities to mark the week and spread the legacy message as widely as possible.

Dogs Trust and the Animal Care Trust have teamed up with other charities in the Hertfordshire area to promote the campaign with a media photo call. Led by Abbeyfield, the campaign was supported by the Saracens Rugby team including Ethienne Reynecke.

In the Hampshire and Sussex region, the Raystede Animal Welfare Centre, Guide Dogs and the RSPCA joined seven other charities outside St. Peter’s Church in Brighton. Organised by the Diocese of Chichester, the vicar joined the charities to launch the week using branded materials.

Guide Dogs have also been running their own individual PR activities all week, branding their offices with barrier tape and window vinyls whilst using tea to help start legacy conversations. The charity is also the only member taking part in the Free Wills campaign across September and will use this as a means to publicise Remember A Charity Week.

Wood Green Animal Shelters have been promoting the week, using it as an opportunity to thank their supporters by staging a photograph with staff and animals. Without gifts in wills, the charity would be without the Phyllis Pratt Cattery, funded by a legacy from its namesake.

Many animal charities including Born Free, The Orangutan Appeal and The Wildlife Trust are also featured in the Legacies Through a Lens exhibition. Today marked the opening of the exhibition to the public at the OXO Gallery in London which will run for the rest of the week from 11am till 6pm. A virtual gallery has also been created for those unable to make the exhibition and can be viewed online.