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Volunteer's Sponsored Challenge for Haverhill and District's Cats Protection

19 January 2020

Please sponsor me for my Nepal Trek and Tiger Conservation Programme

6th November to 20th November 2021

In aid of Cats Protection’s Haverhill & District Branch


My name is Julia and I am currently the Publicity Officer and Committee Member at the Haverhill & District Branch of Cats Protection. I have volunteered here for nearly a year, but that was enough to inspire me to go further for my local branch.

I have decided to challenge myself to complete a five-day trek in the Annapurna area of Nepal. The highest point of the trek will be at Poon Hill (3400m). After completing the trek, I will transfer to Bardia National Park, reputed to be the best place in Nepal for potential tiger sightings. I will stay there for four nights, taking part in a variety of activities, including talks from park officials. I will also have the chance to engage in a tiger awareness programme with the local community. This trip will take place from 6th November to 20th November 2021. I need to raise the full pledge of £4,400.

A Bit About Me

Like many other animal lovers, my passion for animals started from a very young age. I have been involved with them since I remember, including horse riding, dog training and volunteering for an elderly couple by walking their dog. I currently live with a very sassy 7-year-old cat named Bella. An interesting fact about her is that she loves going on dog walks with my yorkie, Adi, who she is bigger than by the way.

I started volunteering for animal charities in secondary school, by fundraising for WWF. I then had other volunteering roles, including summer work at a Blue Cross rehoming centre and at an RSPCA charity shop. This made me realize that I want to work for an animal charity in the future. When the opportunity came up to become a Publicity Officer at Haverhill’s branch, I was thrilled. I knew this would be a fantastic opportunity to prepare me for a charity role after I graduate, whilst making a difference for the cats in my local community.

As the Publicity Officer and Committee Member of the branch, I manage our social media, web page and create various promotional materials, such as posters. If you contact us through Facebook, I’m often the one that you receive a reply from. Additionally, I attend our committee meetings, when various aspects of the running of our branch are discussed.

Why Support Me?

o   The money goes to your local Cats Protection branch.

o   This means we have more funding available for community campaigns such as the Snip and Chip Campaign, during which we offer free microchipping and neutering to cats in our area.

o   The committee and volunteers are all non-paid members of the branch. This means that the money the branch receives can go towards helping cats.

o   £4,400 goes a long way for our branch. Did you know…

o   £2,500 could feed all the cats awaiting their forever homes at the branch for a year.

o   £500 could pay for a caesarean operation and the recovery of a cat in need.

o   £150 could provide a full health-check for a cat including blood tests, neutering, microchipping and inoculations.

o   £5 could supply 10 days’ worth of specialist milk to hand-feed an orphaned kitten.

How Can You Help?

To help me reach my target, please donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/juliacieslaknepal. Even a small donation goes a long way!

It would be great if you could share my JustGiving page or this article to help spread awareness about my challenge

You can also support me through GoRaise whenever you shop online with major UK retailers, at no extra cost to you! All you need to do is access their websites through my page at www.goraise.co.uk/juliacieslaknepal. You can also download an add-on to your browser which notifies you whenever you are shopping through a store that can support me!

Keep an eye out for fundraising events I will be hosting in the local area.

I will be putting out donation boxes in local shops, so keep an eye out when you’re shopping on the High Street. I will put a full list of shops with donation boxes on my Just Giving page. (Please note, I will have separate donation boxes to those that collect money for the branch in general)


You will be able to see regular updates of how my fundraising is going on my JustGiving page, and on the Haverhill and District Branch’s Facebook page. Please follow the links below:

My JustGiving Page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/juliacieslaknepal

Haverhill & District’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/HaverhillCP

Many thanks to everyone who has shown their support.