Funds desperately needed for ‘very survival’ of local charity

Local charity Friends of the Animals, like so many others on the Island, is appealing for donations to help them continue their work during the Covid-19 emergency.

All fundraising activities including collections, quizzes, sponsored walks and a dog agility day have had to be cancelled and with fewer Islanders at the shops, donations of pet food have dropped dramatically.

Founder Helen Sinclair MBE said: “Just over three weeks ago we were celebrating the charity’s 30th birthday. Now our ability to raise the funds we so desperately need has vanished, virtually overnight.

“Despite our ability to raise money having been absolutely decimated, life and death calls continue to roll in. I understand how difficult these times are for all Islanders, but I also know how kind and generous they are. If IW Observer readers can help us to reduce suffering and save lives I urge them to consider making a donation, however small. Nothing happens without money, and at this time ongoing fundraising is crucial to our very survival.”

You can make a donation at, click on the Paypal button in the large pink square, you do not need a Paypal account or you can send a cheque to 17a Riverway, Newport, PO30 5UX