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Cat charity's new shop takes £1,000 on first day!

YCR new shop

A brand new charity shop for Yorkshire Cat Rescue has been hailed a success as the charity took in £1,000 on it's first day!

The charity's new shop on 38 Southgate in Halifax officially opened on Saturday April 12, and founder Sara Atkinson was over the moon with the response.

“We have been well-known in Keighley for many years but Halifax is a new patch for us. We do rescue and re-home a lot of cats in the area though and, as a result, the response from people donating items and offering to help out has been amazing.

“Following this grand opening, we now need fresh stock to fill the shelves so I’m already appealing to anyone doing a spot of spring cleaning to pop down to our new shop with any unwanted goods.”

“The atmosphere in our new shop is amazing; a really great place to work. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time there when I haven’t been busy at the centre and I couldn’t have wished for a better location than Halifax for our second shop."

It costs in the region of a quarter of a million pounds to run Yorkshire Cat Rescue each year and the charity receives no public funding.

Now the charity is looking for volunteers to help man the till, dress the shop windows, stock the shelves, sort and price up items for sale.

Anyone who would be interested in helping out can come and meet the team in Halifax between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. No experience is required; just plenty of enthusiasm.

Sara adds: "We need people who - with a bit of training - can work on their own and do till work, sorting and preparing donated goods, cleaning, merchandising and window displays, and can find the time to spend a few hours (eg an afternoon or morning) each week or most weeks."

Unwanted items of clothing, bric-a-brac, household products, small items of furniture and every day saleable products are also welcome.

For more information, visit Yorkshire Cat Rescue's website.

Cat competition!

Win a Cheshire & Wain luxury cat collar!

The luxury leather collars from Cheshire & Wain are perfect for felines who appreciate the finer things in life.

Available in six colour options — Lustrous Apple (red), Heritage Purple, Hard Candy (baby pink), Midnight Ray (speckled navy), Uluru Blush (tan/orange) and Earthen Blush (brown) — the soft leather collars are handmade in London and lined with soft suede so they're comfortable on your cat's neck.

The collars also available in two size options — small to medium (7 to 9in around the neck) or medium to large (9 to 11in around the neck). And as well as looking great, the collars are safe to wear with an incorporated, hidden safety release buckle, which will release if your cat's collar gets caught.

Finished with a gold-plated falconry bell and a solid brass buckle, the collars cost £49 to £69 from Cheshire & Wain's website.

We have one small to medium Cheshire & Wain luxury leather collar in Hard Candy, worth £59, up for grabs! Made from smooth baby pink leather with traditional grooved edge detail, it's lined with soft burgundy suede.

*This collar originally appeared in the January 2014 issue's buyer's guide to cat collars!

How to win a Cheshire & Wain luxury cat collar:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday April 24, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

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