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Sponsor a Resident

Over the past year or so a number of our supporters have suggested that we should offer a scheme where you can sponsor one of our residents.

I am pleased to say that we have now got the sponsorship package available.
In order to sponsor a resident of your choice for a year we ask for a minimum donation of £25. If you live outside of the UK, sponsorship will be a minimum donation of £30 to cover the extra cost of postage and packaging.
In return for your sponsorship you will receive:

🔸A certificate of your sponsorship

🔸A photograph of the resident of your choice

🔸A years subscription to our newsletter which is published twice a year.
🔸A set of two SFHFC coasters

🔸A SFHFC car sticker

🔸A SFHFC key ring

🔸A SFHFC fridge magnet

🔸A SFHFC greeting card

Please note that the colours and designs of some of these products may vary. All of these items (apart from our bi-yearly newsletter) have been funded by a couple of volunteers from our charity.

We currently have a number of residents which you can choose to sponsor. You can view profiles of all of our residents by going to web.stagram.com (or Instagram) and use the hash tag #sfhfc_residentprofile

Payment of donation can be made by cheque, standing order or Paypal (if paying by paypal we would request that you add £1 to cover the charge which PayPal take from each transaction).

If you would like to sponsor one of our residents please email us at cathospice@sky.com with your preferred method of payment, name, address and the name of which resident you would like to sponsor.

Sponsor a Resident

Over the past year or so a number of our supporters have suggested that we should offer a scheme where you can sponsor one of our residents.

I am pleased to say that we have now got the sponsorship package available.
In order to sponsor a resident of your choice for a year we ask for a minimum donation of £25. If you live outside of the UK, sponsorship will be a minimum donation of £30 to cover the extra cost of postage and packaging.
In return for your sponsorship you will receive:

🔸A certificate of your sponsorship

🔸A photograph of the resident of your choice

🔸A years subscription to our newsletter which is published twice a year.
🔸A set of two SFHFC coasters

🔸A SFHFC car sticker

🔸A SFHFC key ring

🔸A SFHFC fridge magnet

🔸A SFHFC greeting card

Please note that the colours and designs of some of these products may vary. All of these items (apart from our bi-yearly newsletter) have been funded by a couple of volunteers from our charity.

We currently have a number of residents which you can choose to sponsor. You can view profiles of all of our residents by going to web.stagram.com (or Instagram) and use the hash tag #sfhfc_residentprofile

Payment of donation can be made by cheque, standing order or Paypal (if paying by paypal we would request that you add £1 to cover the charge which PayPal take from each transaction).

If you would like to sponsor one of our residents please email us at cathospice@sky.com with your preferred method of payment, name, address and the name of which resident you would like to sponsor.

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If you live in the Derby area in the UK here is a date to put in your diary.
Christmas fundraiser for SFHFC, our volunteers will be there to welcome you and there will be a chance to buy a bargain and have a go on our raffle and enjoy some refreshments. There will also be some items of SFHFC merchandise available.
Please come and say hi if you are in the area.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support whether you are local of from the other side of the world. It is all very much appreciated 🙏🐱🙏

If you live in the Derby area in the UK here is a date to put in your diary.
Christmas fundraiser for SFHFC, our volunteers will be there to welcome you and there will be a chance to buy a bargain and have a go on our raffle and enjoy some refreshments. There will also be some items of SFHFC merchandise available.
Please come and say hi if you are in the area.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support whether you are local of from the other side of the world. It is all very much appreciated 🙏🐱🙏

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Update From The Trustees

Over the past five years St Francis Hospice for Cats has seen a lot of changes. Long time supporters of St Francis Hospice for Cats will know that the charity was started by Shirley and Michael Maynard about 20 years ago in their own home in Littleover. Sadly Michael died back in 2008 and following this Shirley’s health deteriorated until she was no longer able to continue with the charity. At this point (which is now just over two and a half years ago) there were three other trustees who were committed to ensuring the best care for the residents at SFHFC, of which there were 25 at that time. The trustees made the decision to continue the charity caring for the cats that were in our care at that time as well as helping cats out whenever we possibly could without compromising our current situation. This really has not been an easy time for the charity but the remaining trustees accompanied by long standing supporter and newly appointed Trustee Joyce Wren are still as committed as ever to ensure the well-being of our current residents as well as those that are now fostered under SFHFC. At this time we have 16 residents at the hospice and 6 cats which are in foster homes.

We have got a small, dedicated team of volunteers who without their continued help and support the charity would not be able to continue. We want to make it clear that the trustees are doing everything in their power to maintain the running of the charity, but the reality at the moment may be that the charity’s long term future could be in doubt. This is one of the reasons why we have made the responsible decision not to admit any new cats into the hospice for the foreseeable future, this is NOT to say that we are not helping any cats, we are simply exploring other options and in some cases enabling cats to be fostered or re-homed so that they receive one-to-one care in a ‘normal’ home environment. Please note that the trustees will do everything in their power to safeguard the health and well-being of all the cats who are currently in our care. All of the current residents have been at the hospice at Sapperton Close for a number of years with Pendle being our longest standing resident living there for 17 years, so this really is home for our residents. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger Till acting as Shirley’s Power of Attorney, for his understanding in agreeing for the charity to continue to run from Sapperton Close through what has been a very difficult couple of years for the charity.

We have previously advertised for regular volunteers on the radio as well as in the local press and posters put up locally. Although over the time a number of people have come forward, sadly the fact is that 90% of them are no longer involved, with the majority of them only coming back on a couple of occasions. The reality is that the charity is finding that the current volunteers and trustees are stretched to their limits to cover all of the shifts and ongoing jobs which are necessary in order to keep the charity running. If you feel that you may be able to come on board and offer some hands on help, please get in touch with us either by email.

Long term, the charity may look to relocate to another venue so if you are aware of anybody who has any land which they may be happy for the charity to use please get in touch. Although some of this information may seem radical, we as trustees have to act responsibly in the best interests of our residents and look towards the different possibilities for the future of the charity. If anybody wishes to raise any queries relating to the charity please get in touch with one of the trustees who will be more that happy to discuss.


Claire, Graham and Joyce

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FUNDRAISING EVENT AT BROOMFIELD

I haven’t had it confirmed if the event at Broomfield College has been cancelled but our stall won’t be there. Due to the severe weather conditions we have had overnight our volunteers have been unable to make it there. The snow in the midlands has been really bad.

I hope this hasn’t inconvenienced anybody.

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FUNDRAISING EVENT

SFHFC have a stall at this upcoming event. Please drop by and say hi if you are in the Derby area on Saturday. Our volunteers are always happy to see you.

Spring Food & Craft Festival at
Broomfield Hall ( Derby College ) Morley, Derby DE7 6DN
Saturday 23rd March 2013. 10am - 4pm


Showcasing a whole range of local food related stalls:
• Selected Craft Stalls
• Broomfield Hall supports locally grown produce and our Food Hub Shop and Café will be open on the day
• Come and see our Spring Lambs plus the Animal Care centre will be open including other activities for children
• Admission ONLY £1 per adult, children are free

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT OUR HOSPICE

Since I have been a trustee of sfhfc I have found that when talking to people about what we do, there are some common misconceptions. Here are a couple of them.

As we are a hospice people seem to presume that we have cats which are dying and in pain. I feel that this couldn’t be further from truth. A large number of our residents do have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) but this doesn’t automatically mean that it will shorten the cats life. We also have a number of cats who have a thyroid condition. This is controlled by daily medication and is monitored closely by our volunteers and our vet.

A lot of our residents are elderly cats. As a charity we generally think of cats over 15 years old to be elderly or as sometimes referred to as geriatric. They come to sfhfc for a number of reasons. It may be that their owner has died or is ill in hospital and can no longer look after their beloved pet. Or the owner is relocating and is unable for one reason or another to take their pet with them. These are often otherwise healthy cats that through no fault of their own find themselves without a home.

Another main misconception is that a cat with FIV is always really poorly and dying. Yes it is a terminal illness with no cure but as you can see from the photo’s which are posted on our blog there is no clear indication which of our residents do or don’t have FIV. There are sometimes the odd side effect to FIV, the main one being stomatitis, this again can usually be controlled with the right medication. A lot of cats diagnosed with FIV live a happy, long and fulfilled life.

If you would like to learn more about the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus you can find some general information about it on our articles page. You can also find a heartwarming story about homing FIV+ cats with some useful tips.

Please feel free to spread the word about the information above, the more that we can help to educate people about FIV, the more that it will help cats all over the world.

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Shipley Country Park Fundraising Event

St Francis Hospice for Cats will be having a stall at Animal Magic! at Shipley Country Park 11am till 4pm - Sunday 17 June 2012

Join us for an event that showcases all creatures great and small. Enjoy a good day out and help us to raise money for our charity. For more details about the day click on the heading above.

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RECENT NEWS RELEASE

Cat hospice faces closure unless funding is found

St Francis Hospice for Cats is at risk of closure unless urgent funding is found.
The hospice, in Littleover, Derby, must raise £500 every week or it will be forced to close leaving its 22 sick resident cats homeless.
The charity, which cares for elderly and terminally ill cats, relies solely on donations and a small team of volunteers to operate.
St Francis is one of the few charities that will care for cats that are unlikely to be rehomed. Many of the cats have illnesses that require frequent medical treatment, such as FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).
The hospice is also eager to increase its number of regular volunteers who carry out vital duties such as feeding and grooming the cats, administering medication and keeping the building clean.
The hospice was set up as a registered charity in 1997 by life-long cat lovers Shirley and Michael Maynard at their home in Sapperton Close. The invaluable service has been there ever since, having cared for hundreds of cats who would otherwise have been neglected or put down.
Following Michael’s death in 2008, Mrs Maynard’s health deteriorated and she was forced to leave the hospice last year after she became ill with dementia. She left St Francis in the capable hands of volunteers, including three trustees, who have worked tirelessly to keep the hospice going.
Graham Stevens one of the trustees said: “We desperately need to find this money or we will have no choice but to close.
“We are also appealing for new volunteers to help us care for the cats and keep the hospice running. We have just a handful of regular volunteers and we are rushed off our feet.
“It breaks our hearts to think that St Francis Hospice would not be here to offer care and support to needy cats in the future.”
He added: “We owe it to the cats and to Shirley to secure the future of St Francis and we would be so grateful to hear from anyone who can help in any way”.
If you are able to make a cash or food donation or spare just a few hours a week to volunteer at the hospice please call 01332 272139 or email cathospice@sky.com

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LOVING HOME WANTED

We have been contacted to see if St Francis Hospice can home an FIV+ cat. The trustees at St Francis review each case individually and in this case we feel that Flynn should have the chance of living a normal life as an only cat in a loving home. We are appealing to anyone who feels that they may be able to offer him a loving home. A large number of FIV cats can and do live a full life living for many years without any health issues or medication. He would however have to be kept as an indoor cat, as there could be risk of him passing the virus on if he got into a fight with another cat. 

Meet Flynn, he is a tabby boy aged approx 6. Adores as much fuss as you can give & is awaiting the chance of a fresh start he richly deserves. Could you share lots of love with him?

Please get in touch with us for more information if you feel that you are able to help this gorgeous boy have a second chance.

LOVING HOME WANTED

We have been contacted to see if St Francis Hospice can home an FIV+ cat. The trustees at St Francis review each case individually and in this case we feel that Flynn should have the chance of living a normal life as an only cat in a loving home. We are appealing to anyone who feels that they may be able to offer him a loving home. A large number of FIV cats can and do live a full life living for many years without any health issues or medication. He would however have to be kept as an indoor cat, as there could be risk of him passing the virus on if he got into a fight with another cat.

Meet Flynn, he is a tabby boy aged approx 6. Adores as much fuss as you can give & is awaiting the chance of a fresh start he richly deserves. Could you share lots of love with him?

Please get in touch with us for more information if you feel that you are able to help this gorgeous boy have a second chance.

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OUR SPRING FAYRE

Our Spring Fayre is on today at 11.00 a.m.

Please see our events page for full details of time, venue etc.

So if you are in the Derby area please come and support us. Let’s hope the weather stays dry.

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LOVING HOME WANTED FOR RUFUS

We are hoping to help to home a lovely cat called Rufus. He is a grey tabby who we would say is in his early to mid-teens. He is a really friendly cat who does love to have some fuss. Rufus does have a thyroid problem which requires him to have daily medication.
We would love to help Rufus find a loving home where he would receive all the one to one love and fuss which he deserves. If you would like more information about Rufus please get in touch by e-mail.

LOVING HOME WANTED FOR RUFUS

We are hoping to help to home a lovely cat called Rufus. He is a grey tabby who we would say is in his early to mid-teens. He is a really friendly cat who does love to have some fuss. Rufus does have a thyroid problem which requires him to have daily medication.
We would love to help Rufus find a loving home where he would receive all the one to one love and fuss which he deserves. If you would like more information about Rufus please get in touch by e-mail.

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DATA BASE OF LOVING HOMES

We are looking to build a data base of people who would be willing to home a cat who may otherwise find themselves on a waiting list to come in to St Francis. This is a final chance for them to live a ‘normal’ life where in most cases they would be able to come and go as they please and would receive more one on one care and fussing.

We are still here to take on new cats but the trustees review each case individually and always look to make the best decision for both the new cats as well as our current residents.

If you feel that you may be able to help regarding homing of a future needy cat please get in touch via our contact page. As most of the cats which we are asked to take are from in or around the Derby area we are ideally looking for local people to cut down on any long journeys for the cats.

Just to confirm, we don’t re-home our cats which are already at St Francis. This idea is to create a way of finding loving homes for future cats before they come in to St Francis Hospice for Cats.