Like most non-profit organisations, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity relies on volunteers to be able to carry out its work. At the start of winter the Charity is celebrating the successful induction of its 100th volunteer this year. Pat Sanderson, from Carlisle, took up the volunteering challenge and joined the team in Oak Tree’s Carlisle Charity Shop in The Lanes.
Pat said “I really enjoy being a part of Oak Tree’s Charity Shop, the people are all so friendly and it has given me a sense of purpose. I love my days at the Charity shop and it’s made me feel young again. You get to meet so many interesting people, give back to the community and know you are helping animals in our region.”
Lotte Morgan, Volunteering Coordinator at Oak Tree said “Our volunteers are truly amazing individuals who allow us to reach a wide range of people and animals in our community. We are so grateful that over 100 people are willing to give up their valuable time to make a real difference to our region. As a Charity, we have been able to help over 1400 animals so far this year, without our volunteers, this simply wouldn’t be possible. We have a range of roles that people take part in including: animal care, fundraising, charity shop, tearoom, woodland and site maintenance, photography and videography, we really couldn’t do it without them. Pat, and our other volunteers are completely inspiring, and really demonstrate the immense impact volunteering can have to the success of their community.”
For more information about how you can get involved volunteering at Oak Tree and to find out about the Charity’s work and how you can help, please visit www.oaktreeanimals.org.uk, contact the team on 01228 560082 or visit the Charity’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.