By Emma Brown, Cop It Sweet Cakery
I am a member of Food & Drink Means Business Community (North) on Facebook. Earlier in the week I read about you having an interest in good news stories, and so I thought I would share mine.
On Sunday 19th April I was scrolling through Facebook, as you do, with my morning cuppa, and I came across a lady who had posted in a local village forum. She was begging for help on behalf of ‘Longview Animal Centre (RSPCA)’ in Stalmine. Her son works there and had come home so concerned and upset that they aren’t going to be able to feed the animals during this pandemic. With all their fundraising events for the rest of the year cancelled, and their charity shops closed, money and supplies are running out.
We would be lost without our animals, they are our family and so I said to my partner Simon, “We have to do something, no matter how small, we have to do our bit to help”, and he couldn’t agree more.
I run a little bakery business from home in Garstang known as ‘Cop It Sweet Cakery’. I’m lucky enough to have over 1800 followers and lots of connections in the animal world through training with my youngest dog in Agility with ‘Pawsabilities’ in Cockerham. Through ‘Pawsabilities’ I have met so many wonderful people and they also flocked to help the centre when they heard what I was doing.
So, I decided, I would raffle one of my Brownie Stacks, £5 a ticket, 50 tickets, if I sell all the tickets that’s £250 for the centre. So at 9.30am on Sunday 19th April that is exactly what I did through my Facebook Business Page.
I couldn’t believe it, by 11.30am on Monday the 20th April, they’d gone, I had sold them all, and I had the money for the centre. I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who took part!
My good friend and business owner, Caroline Mcblain from Active Pet Shop on The Esplanade, Fleetwood offered her help straight away. She provided me with stock such as straw, hay, toys for dogs, cat, rabbits, and hamsters, plus a lot, lot more! Charlotte Shepherd, my friend and trainer at Pawsabilities was the next to offer support. Charlotte is a Senior Pet Nutritionist for GA Pet Food Partners in Chorley. They supplied us with a mammoth amount of food for all species and gave us a whole load on top of what we could spend for the charity.
I was able to deliver everything to Longview on Saturday 25th April. Hannah (Branch Manager) said “Thank you so much for the donations at the animal centre this morning. Please can you pass on my thanks to the wholesaler who donated the dried food. It really is appreciated. Thank you!”
I would just like to also say thank you to GA Pet Food Partners, Active Pet Shop, and the kind generosity of those who entered the raffle. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible.