The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of everyone at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre this week, as the charity celebrated its 40th birthday.
Based in Ince Blundell, the animal loving charity has been providing a rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming centre for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals since 1979.
As part of the ongoing festivities for what is a year-long celebration of how much the centre does for animals and their human friends, an afternoon tea was held and attended by the Mayor of Sefton
Cllr Dave Robinson, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “Today is about recognising the very special part that Freshfields plays in the life of our local community, especially during Sefton Council’s 2019 Year Of Friendship.
“Over the past 40 years, the local community has come to depend on Freshfields as a vital resource, to which they can bring animals in desperate need, and know that they will be treated with compassion, dedication and excellent medical care”.
The Mayor was delighted to be asked to unveil a plaque revealing the number of animals that Freshfields have cared for in the last 40 years – an astonishing 89,734 animals!
Helen Stanbury, Director of Freshfields, said: “Any charity like Freshfields can only carry out its vital work thanks to the people that come together in support of it. Those people support us in an endless variety of ways and they come to us from so many different walks of life.
“Donors, sponsors, volunteers, adopters, staff; there are just too many absolutely vital roles to list them all. Today is a chance to say thank you to you all.”
Helen added: “We’d love to hear from you if you are 40 this year! Why not link up with us to celebrate, by taking part in our Sponsored Abseil Challenge or anything else you can think of? Please check out our Facebook page Freshfields Animal Rescue or contact our Fundraising Manager Emma Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.”