Worst year for animal charity

MAWS members present ?800 to each of their chosen charities for last year at their annual meeting. EMN-150918-074742001

MAWS members present ?800 to each of their chosen charities for last year at their annual meeting. EMN-150918-074742001

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Four animal charities have each been awarded £800 from funds raised by a local group of supporters after what has been described as ‘the worst year ever’.

Forty-four members of Metheringham Animal Welfare Supporters group met for their annual meeting at The Red Lion Hotel in Dunston and re-elected chairman Joyce Muncey said: “It was very clear that the year had been very hard. In fact the worst year ever since MAWS was founded in 2000.

“Usually our chosen charities for the year get at least £1,000 each but this year sadly it is only £800 each. That includes an anonymous donation of £100 and money raised as members sold some of their personal belongings to try to make up the short fall.”

Mrs Muncey said: “The money is so needed by the charities as they are swamped with homeless animals in these difficult times.”

Cheques were presented to Hedgehog Care of Authorpe, Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary of Huttoft, Wierfield Wildlife Hospital of North Hykeham and Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary in Friskney. The four charities selected for the coming year are: Northcote Heavy Horse Centre near Spilsby, Keith’s Rescue Dogs of Skegness, Weirfield Wildlife Hospital of North Hykeham and Lincs Ark Animal Welfare of Boston and Navenby.

The next fundraising event will be an evening with country and western singer Warren Dewitt on Friday at 8pm at the Red Lion Hotel, Dunston. Tickets £5 from the Red Lion, Salon 32 in High Street, Metheringham, Carol Hargraves, Sweet N Savoury of Caroline Road, Metheringham, or MAWS at 31 Station Road (Tel: 01526 321436).