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articles > 2008

Open Day at Kapellan

With such terrible weather for most of August, it was fortunate for the organisers of the Open Day at Kapellan that the afternoon of Sunday 3 August was bright and sunny. There was a very enthusiastic group of friends and supporters, both two-legged and four-legged at Animal Rescue Cumbria to witness the opening of the new cattery by Eric Robson, chairman of the Society.

At 2 pm, the gathered company listened to an introduction by John Estenden, former manager of Kapellan. He paid warm tribute to the dedicated band of volunteers whose tireless efforts provide the essential welfare for the animals that have been rescued from what are often distressing circumstances. He thanked Eric for coming to open the new cattery and presented him with a smart lead for Raq, his Border Terrier, to replace the binder twine usually seen in his Out of Town series.

In thanking John for his kind gift, Eric let slip that this was not the first time that his canine companion had benefited from a generous patron. He recalled the times he had been at Kapellan in the early days when AW had held court in an old caravan, and said the Kapellan’s founder would have been very proud of the way that the Centre had developed over the years. Eric said that the first time he had met Wainwright, a slice of ham had disappeared from his plate, taken by AW for his beloved cat, Totty.

Kapellan is a wonderful building, the inmates having a comfortable, warm environment in which to sleep, and plenty of space to exercise. As a result of the Open Day, plus further donations and gifts, £1000 was raised to continue the essential work of Animal Rescue Cumbria.

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Derek Cockell - Member No. 13