Kit Wilson Trust launches Christmas appeal to help hungry animals

A HADLOW DOWN based charity has launched a Christmas appeal to help feed the hundreds of hungry animals in its care.

Staff at the Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare say the financial climate has led to more people being unable to care for their pets and the charity is more than ever in need for funds to support its work.

They are hoping people will help to give the animals at their rescue centre a special Christmas by donating to the Christmas food appeal.

The Centre is currently home to more than 150 cats, 60 dogs, several hundred domestic and wild birds, horses, ponies, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pet animals.

The price of animal food, especially hay, has increased over the year so the Christmas appeal is more important than ever.

Trust fundraising manager Pat Wilder said: “Thanks to the kindness of many shop owners, vets and other businesses, we have been able to place over 70 Christmas good appeal boxes across Kent and Sussex.”

The list of locations can be found on the Trust’s website at or people can telephone: 01825 830444 to find their nearest appeal box.

Donations can be also taken to the charity’s shops in Bell Walk, Uckfield, and the Enterprise Centre next to Eastbourne Railway Station or to the Rescue Centre in Hadlow Down.

Pat added: “The animals also appreciate toys and treats at this time of year, and we aim to give each and every one something special on Christmas Day. Just a tin of food, bag of biscuits or treats will help to make a difference and any donation is greatly appreciated.”

The Trust was set up 30 years ago and also operates a wildlife helpline.