A fulfilling day with some furry friends
To help our people support the causes that they care about most, each person at Simplyhealth is able to use three working days every year to volunteer. We caught up with Amelia from our Consumer Marketing team who, along with three other animal loving colleagues, spent a day volunteering for The Blue Cross at its rehoming centre in Southampton.
Every year, thousands of cats, dogs and small pets are supported by The Blue Cross, a charity which helps injured, poorly or homeless pets. I have a border terrier called Lucy and as an animal lover, I've always liked to support causes that help animals. I was keen to use one of my volunteering days to help make a difference at an animal rehoming shelter so along with my colleagues Jackie, Ben and Sarah, we spent a day at Blue Cross in Southampton, the closest to our office in Andover.
It was a very busy day and we were not afraid to get stuck in and help the volunteers. After a tour of the facility we cleared out some of the dog kennels, cleaned signs and toys and in between played with some of the dogs. It was really fulfilling, but also eye opening seeing so many animals who need forever homes. We learned that a lot of dogs end up there after their owner passes away.
The rehoming shelter in Southampton relies on a team of over 150 volunteers who dedicate their time to help the pets who need support. Donations are also incredibly valuable, not only in monetary value but also items. Being extremely keen to help as much as I could, I found out from Blue Cross that kitten meat was in demand. Following a shout out to my colleagues, we received several boxes of food, and also toys that we could take with us on the day which was fantastic!
For animal lovers like us, it was a really great day¿ even if we did want to take all the animals' home with us!
Ben will also be taking part in the Simplyhealth Canine Run - the first of its kind in the Simplyhealth Great Run Series - with his dog Austin on Saturday 20 October. I can't wait to cheer them, and all the other dogs on before I do the Simplyhealth Great South 5k shortly afterwards.
Want to find out how you can support The Blue Cross? Visit: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/support-us