Generous shoppers save Quinton animal charity from closure

Wellcat founder Pauline Bearsley (right) with Precious, Val Morgan (customer service manager) and Kevin Healy (store manager). Buy this photo: 151433L.

Wellcat founder Pauline Bearsley (right) with Precious, Val Morgan (customer service manager) and Kevin Healy (store manager). Buy this photo: 151433L.

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A QUINTON animal charity has been saved from the brink of closure thanks to generous shoppers in Stourbridge.

Wellcat Cat Rescue was in financial difficulty last year and struggling to cover the costs of vets bills and food for the cats and kittens in its care.

To ease the burden, Sainsbury's supermarket in Amblecote arranged for a collection bin to be placed behind its checkouts, allowing customers to donate food to the charity.

Since then the rescue centre, on Quinton Road West, has managed to stay afloat.

Pauline Bearsley, who founded the charity in 1987, said she was "overwhelmed" by the support.

She continued: "People are still struggling to pay their own food bills and to dig deeper into their pockets for cat food is an amazing show of kindness.

"I would really like to thank the store and its customers for their generosity.

"Running a cat rescue is very expensive. Our vets bills alone are £2,500 a month. But not having to buy so much food has really helped us to get back on our feet."

Store manager, Kevin Healy, added: "We are delighted to have played a major role in helping a local charity. This store is very community minded and we are proud that our customers are always so ready and willing to help support good causes close to their hearts."

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