Thursday, 19 July 2012

Our Friends of Group

Would you like to become a Friend of Exeter Axhayes?

Our Friends of Axhayes Adoption Centre are a group of volunteers who organise fundraising events and activities to raise money for the centre. We cannot carry out our vital work of rehoming and helping hundreds of cats every year without funds; so by becoming a fundraising volunteer you could really be at the forefront of helping cats in your area. If you have a passion for cats and can spare some time to fundraise or be an advocate for the charity's work, then we would love to hear from you! Even sparing a few hours a week could make a huge difference.

One of our biggest events organised by our Friends of Group is our Easter Eggstravaganza! This event has been held at the adoption centre grounds and it’s a great day out for the family! There are lots of cats and kittens to meet, food stalls, book stalls, toy stalls, our very own bouncy castle and of course the Easter Egg Hunt. This event has been getting bigger every year, we are really excited about next year!

Photo Courtesy of Gary Wakeham

Photo courtesy of Gary Wakeham

Our Firewalk was held on 20th October 2011, that evening 25 people including Axhayes staff, volunteers and members of the public walked over hot coals to raise money for a much needed feral enclosure to be built at the centre. This event was a huge success! Lots of people came out to support our Firewalkers. We would like to again thank everyone who took part and donated money to our Firewalkers, St David’s Veterinary Group for sponsoring the event and Time4Change. The total amount raised from our Firewalk was just under £4,000 which is fantastic! Our Feral Enclosure plans are currently being submitted to the planners, we will keep you updated on our progress on our blog and Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Mike Slater
Photo courtesy of Mike Slater

Tesco and Street Collections – Our Friends of Group, cat-loving volunteers and Axhayes staff have taken to the streets of Exeter collecting money for our cats. Tesco Honiton and Exe Vale stores kindly allowed us to collect money from kind members of the public. We happily answered any cat related questions they had and gave out leaflets and stickers. These collections have helped raise some much needed funds for our cats. 

Our Coffee mornings started with our Christmas Mince Pie and Coffee Morning back in December 2011, we have held a couple more since then. Our Friends of Group set up a tea, coffee and homemade cake stall in our reception area at the centre. All of the money raised from our coffee mornings goes straight to the adoption centre. In addition to that, these coffee mornings have helped find homes for our cats and kittens. Our next coffee morning will be held on Saturday 11th August 2012 from 11am until 2pm. Please come along for a cup of coffee, a slice of homemade cake and to meet our wonderful cats here at the centre!    

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to our members of our Friends of Exeter Axhayes Group. Thanks to them we have had coffee mornings at the centre, done street collections, as well as high profile events like the Easter Eggstravaganza and the Firewalk. The money they have raised have helped us buy new beds, scratching posts, toys and money towards building our Feral Enclosure. We have lots more exciting fundraising events in the future, please check out our events page on our website and Facebook page. If you would like to help by baking a cake or to donate prizes for raffles and tombolas for any of our events please contact our centre, we really appreciate any donations made.  

If you are interested in becoming a fundraising volunteer, please contact us on 01395 232 377 for more information. Or you can email us at We look forward to hearing from you :) Thank you.

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