We are enormously grateful to all the people who spend their time helping us to raise much-needed funds. Whether it’s a personal challenge or a group effort, there are so many ways people help us.
Want to fundraise for us?
Here are just a few ideas and do take a look at our case studies below for more inspiration:
- run a marathon, walk a coastal route or set yourself a cycling challenge
- organise a cake sale or coffee morning either at work or with friends
- challenge your friends, family or colleagues to a weight-loss competition
- ask your fellow dog walkers to take part in a sponsored park walk
- if you have green fingers or are crafty then why not make and sell some of your wares and donate the proceeds.
If you’d like to talk to our team then either contact your local centre or call our head office on 020 8950 0177 (option 1). We can provide posters and leaflets as well as offer advice and tips on how to make your event go smoothly.
You can get started by setting up your very own online fundraising sponsorship page with Just Giving.
Thank you for thinking of us and good luck with your venture! Don’t forget to tell us about it as we love to promote our fundraisers through our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Meet some of our fundraisers
NAWT supporter Matt Dorber has raised over £5,000 in sponsorship for NAWT by completing both the 2016 Barcelona Marathon and the 2018 London Marathon. Matt adopted his cat Alice from our Somerset centre in 2012.
When asked why he supports NAWT, Matt said “I chose to fundraise for the NAWT because it’s different. It stands out to me because there’s a real community feel, everyone works together and everyone is always so friendly.
“When the snow hit in March, staff stayed on site at Heaven’s Gate to continue to look after the animals – I think things like that probably don’t get the appreciation they should.
“They’re all so committed to looking after the animals and you never get the sense that any of them see it as a chore.”
Animal lover Tracey Hunt raised hundreds of pounds for the animals at NAWT when taking on the ‘Rat Race Dirty Weekend’ in May 2018. The event boasts to be ‘the biggest and best obstacle racing weekend in the world’ and Tracey chose to take on the ‘Dirty Double’, which means she did the whole course twice! Explaining the magnitude of the challenge, Tracey said “It totalled 40 miles and 400 obstacles. It was really, really hard.
“I paced my run so I could have a chance to eat in between laps – but this didn’t go to plan.
“I completed the second lap in just under 12 hours fuelled by water, gels and vegan snacks they had on course.
“It was so cold during the second lap as it started raining and I didn’t have time to stop to put dry clothes on.
“Approaching the finish line was an incredible relief.”
Clacton supporter and adrenalin junkie Thelma Dyson endured some hair-raising adventures to raise money for the Trust while travelling in New Zealand in May. She raised hundreds of pounds by undergoing nine bungey jumps, climbs and challenges including the Shotover Canyon Chair of Death where you propel yourself off a 109m high cliff from a mounted platform reaching speeds of 150 kph as you go into free fall.
Imagine being cooped up in a cage for nine hours with nowhere to go. This is exactly what Rosa did in order to raise awareness of rabbit welfare as well as raise money for the NAWT at the same time. The pet store worker emerged from the dog cage at Monkton Elm Garden Centre in Taunton, extremely stiff from her ordeal but delighted with the amount of money raised for the NAWT.
Jackie is turning brand new socks into soft cuddly animals in order to raise money for NAWT Thurrock Branch. She came across the idea while searching the web for unusual crafty ideas. Now Jackie produces two or three toys a week from cute caterpillars to cheeky monkeys.
Jackie, from Thurrock, first started volunteering as a dog walker for the branch. She said: “I work full time and wanted to do something that would provide a way of relaxing after work and raise money. It makes me proud to think that for just a little bit of my time I can help pay for some food for the week.”