Solicitors raises funds for Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare


SOLICITORS Gray Hooper Holt has pledged support to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare at Ringmer, offering vital funds to support the important care work.

Caring for more than 1,500 unwanted and abandoned animals every year, Raystede offers a loving environment for animals in need of a new home.

Gray Hooper Holt’s sponsorship will be used to ensure the Centre is able to continue its exceptional level of care for unwanted dogs.

The firm presented a cheque for £3,000.

Gray Hooper Holt, based in Redhill, has a long-standing relationship with Raystede, as Robert Gray, partner and member explained: “Myself and a number of my colleagues have been visiting Raystede for several years now and I adopted my dog Molly from the Centre.

“We remain avid supporters of the work carried out at Raystede, which offers a loving home to a wide range of animals and provides a fantastic place for all animal lovers to visit.”

Since it was founded in 1952, Raystede has become one of East Sussex’s most popular destinations, attracting around 150,000 visitors every year.

Mr Gray continued: “The care and support offered by the Raystede Centre has touched people across the whole county.

“The Centre is incredibly popular for school trips, providing an educational and fun day out for kids and offers specialist sessions for adults and children with special needs, who benefit enormously from contact with the dogs and other animals at the Centre.

“We are delighted that our sponsorship will help Raystede continue to offer these services for our local community and ensure the Centre is able to keep building on its current achievements.”

Spanning more than 47 acres, Raystede has built up state of the art facilities to provide the best possible care for the animals, which includes individual kennels for every dog as well as an outside agility run to help keep the dogs fit and healthy.

Raystede’s Chief Executive Nigel Mason said: “I welcome the support of Gray Hooper Holt Solicitors, their generous funding for our work during 2012 will help ensure we remain a centre of excellence for animal care.

“We are entirely reliant on the goodwill of our visitors and supporters to do the work that we do. I am very much looking forward to working with all the staff at Gray Hooper Holt over the coming year.”

Raystede survives due to the selfless work of staff and volunteers, charitable donations and legacies left from deceased supporters.

If you would like to offer your support by making Raystede a beneficiary in your Will, contact Gray Hooper Holt Solicitors on 0808 178 9002 for a free no obligation consultation or visit

Meanwhile, the internet is to play a major role in the future of Raystede. It has a new website at the heart of its operations, built by Crowborough-based Blue Planet.

The website has become the primary way of finding new homes for pets.

It carries information about visiting the centre, rehoming animals and working with staff to provide learning programmes for schools and community groups.

There’s an online shop, events calendar and booking system too.

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