In the card, the Duchess confirms that her family has made a personal donation to Mayhew, which will support our vital work to help dogs, cats and communities. It says:
“This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind. From a local California organisation that helps families transition out of homelessness, to two of our U.K. patronages: one that supports animal and community welfare, and the other, a memorial fund for a cherished friend that helps to educate children and fight poverty in Uganda, we have honoured their work on behalf of all of us.”
“This year we, as a family, have made donations to several charities with you in mind.”
The Duke and Duchess’ generosity will help Mayhew weather the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and enable us to reach the animals and people who are struggling.
As has been the case for so many organisations, 2020 has put a huge strain on Mayhew’s projects. We have been proud to be able to adapt; delivering care packages to pets and owners in need, continuing to provide veterinary care for our animals, and even adapting our TheraPaws programme so that residents of care homes, hospitals and mental health facilities could continue to experience the joy of animal interaction. Our Patron’s gift – along with the many generous donations we have received from our supporters this year – will help these adapted projects continue.
We have been honoured to have the Duchess as our Patron since the beginning of 2019. She has a long background of championing animal welfare and we are very grateful to her for her ongoing support. We work extremely hard to help animals and their owners all across London, and we know that our cause is close to the Duchess’s heart. The Patronage has put more of a spotlight on these animal welfare issues and increased public awareness and understanding; and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the Duchess to help even more animals and people.
“I’d like to say thank you to our Patron on behalf of the whole Mayhew family – both two and four legged! – and we can't wait to continue the good work in 2021.”
Caroline Yates, Mayhew CEO, said: “We are delighted to have the Duchess of Sussex as our Patron, and she has shone a huge light on our community-based animal welfare work over the last two years. We were especially honoured to recently receive a personal donation from the Duke and Duchess, which will enable us to help even more cats, dogs and pet owners in need over this tough winter period.”
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