Rossborough dress down days help refurbish shelter’s seal pup facility

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Emily Richardson, Steve Moullin, Steve Byrne, Caroline Renouf

DRESS down days at Rossborough will feed two rescued seal pups at the GSPCA for the duration of their stay.

Over a series of dress down days throughout 2013 Rossborough staff raised £743.20; the company matched this amount, bring the donation to £1,486.40.

This will cover two months’ feed, new filter pumps for the unit and the remainder will go towards updating the facility, which needs tiling and decorating.

Steve Byrne, manager of GSPCA, said the donation was a boost for the charity, which has high overheads.

‘It costs £2,000 a day to run the shelter so every penny makes a massive difference. We are extremely grateful for the efforts of all companies, groups and organisations, however large or small, who help us to make it possible to keep this vital service running,’ said GSPCA manager, Steve Byrne.

‘We have been looking to update and improve the facility we have at the shelter for rescued seal pups. We are expecting it to cost about £2,000 to tile, decorate and renew the pens we currently have in the unit. This donation from Rossborough will go some way towards making this possible, as well as covering the cost of new filter pumps and 300kg of herring.’

The GSPCA currently has two seal pups in its shelter in St Andrew’s; Trinity and Eden were rescued on consecutive days earlier this month. It is expected that they will remain with the GSPCA for about two months until they are fit enough to be returned to the wild.

Mr Byrne said the pair gets through between 4kg and 5kg of herring a day.

Steve Moullin, director at Rossborough, said his staff were delighted that their dress down days were benefitting such a worthwhile cause.

‘I think a lot of people would be surprised how much it costs just to keep the GSPCA running on a daily basis,’ said Mr Moullin.

‘Dress down days are a great way of allowing staff to relax and feel more comfortable in their work, while at the same time raising much needed funds. We are continuing the initiative this year and our chosen charity for 2014 is the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation, which is another very worthwhile cause.’

Jo Priaulx, co-founder of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation, said the charity relied on the generosity of others to thrive.

‘We are always delighted and extremely grateful when we hear that the PPBF has been selected to benefit from fundraising efforts. We never under-estimate the time and effort that goes into raising money to ensure we can continue to support the Bailiwick’s premature babies and their families at what is a very difficult time,’ said Mrs Priaulx.

‘The Foundation works closely with the team at the neo-natal unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital to provide additional equipment as well as providing support, both emotional and financial, to these families.’

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