Barbara's story

During the 1960’s, a smartly dressed lady holding an RSPCA collection box, accompanied by her dog, was a familiar sight on the high streets of Rhyl and Prestatyn.

Barbara's daughter, Sara, was very young when her mother held street collections for the RSPCA - with Tiny, the bullmastiff - but she still remembers the horseshoe badges that her mother handed out to everyone who donated.

Barbara and Tiny the bullmastiff

Barbara had strong connections with the RSPCA for many years. As well as volunteering by holding street collections, she knew the local RSPCA inspector and vet, frequently visited her local RSPCA shop and bought presents for friends and family from the RSPCA gift catalogue.

Sara recalls that as a family they always had pets including two whippets, Rover (who was found abandoned at a holiday camp) and Duchess (who came from the RSPCA) as well as Tiny the bullmastiff: “We grew up in a menagerie, we took in any old stray! There were lots of pets, always a dog and several cats too. Mum even used to save mice from the cats!”

It’s nice that Mum wanted to remember the RSPCA by leaving a gift in her Will, like a full stop, the last thing she could give to help animals in need.
Sara, Barbara's daughter

As a way of continuing her love for animals, and her support of the RSPCA, Barbara kindly decided to include a gift in her Will. Sadly Barbara died in March 2022, but Sara knows that her mother wanted to remember the RSPCA due to her long-standing connection and her deep love for animals.

“It’s nice that Mum wanted to remember the RSPCA by leaving a gift in her Will, like a full stop, the last thing she could give to help animals in need.”

Find out more

If you're interested in finding our more about leaving a gift in your Will to the RSPCA, please visit rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/donate/legacy or call 0300 123 0239.

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