We are extremely sad to announce that our friend and stalwart supporter, Jane Virot, passed away lastt Tuesday after a short illness.
Jane was without doubt the reason why National Animal Welfare Trust has a thriving rehoming and rescue in Cornwall today.
She got involved with the charity in 1997 when Molly Wyatt – the wife of England cricketer Bob Wyatt – asked her to continue her dog rescue work when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At that point Molly was operating the only rescue service in the county.
Jane, who had only recently retired to Cornwall from London, was among a group of helpers and supporters who unanimously voted to carry out Molly’s final wishes and support NAWT in becoming the guardians of her rescue work. So began a hectic decade of fundraising and rescue with Jane at the helm as volunteer chairman.
Through her stewardship, a loyal and determined team of fundraisers managed to raise enough money to purchase the centre’s permanent site at Wheal Alfred kennels, just outside Hayle. They also contributed towards the building of the modern rescue centre that was opened 10 years ago this year.
Jane was so committed to the cause that she remained an active supporter and ambassador over the years. Her cheerful spirit and dedication were second to none and staff always looked forward to her visits.
NAWT CEO Clare Williams said: “Jane was a true friend to all the staff, volunteers, supporters and animals at NAWT. She achieved so much for the charity in the past two decades helping NAWT to become a prominent lifeline for Cornwall’s homeless cats and dogs. We are so grateful for all she did for us and are going to miss her enthusiasm and warmth terribly.”
Cornwall Centre Manager Louise Clarke added: "We are devastated to hear the news about Jane. She was a beacon of inspiration to us all and tireless supporter of our work. We would like to thank everyone who has been in touch to express their sympathy and support at this sad time.”
We send our condolences to all Jane’s family and close friends.