Cats Protection is targeting 100,000 supporters to highlight the likely influx of abandoned kittens over the spring and summer. The mailing, devised by TDA, acknowledges how previous donations have helped the charity, but reminds supporters of the need for continued funding. "Cats Protection re-homes 60,000 cats a year," said Susan Gorridge, acting head of marketing at Cats Protection.
"We want to keep supporters informed about how their money is used, while emphasising that there is a seasonal peak in the number of cats and kittens needing care."
Olympic medallists Duncan Goodhew and David Davies joined Lucy Owen, newscaster for ITV Wales, at the launch of Butlins Swimathon 2005 in aid of NCH Cymru, the children's charity. Twenty children took part in a swimming lesson with the celebrities at the Splott Pool in Cardiff. It was designed to encourage people to enter the swimathon being held in March in more than 20 community pools and leisure centres across Wales. The event aims to raise £2m to help fund more than 60 NCH centres throughout Wales and to enable them to continue their work with local communities.
TV historian Adam Hart-Davis is supporting a fundraising campaign to save Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Victorian steamship, the SS Great Britain. Most of the £11.8m project money has already been raised, but £500,000 is needed to ensure that the work is completed in time for the vessel's relaunch in July. The latest appeal uses direct mail, street collections and a fundraising pack, which includes a top hat of the kind worn by the pioneering engineer for people to wear in return for sponsorship.
Hart-Davis, who presented the BBC's What the Victorians Did for Us, was approached by the SS Great Britain Trust because of his strong links with Bristol and Brunel. The trust received £8.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Norwood is offering people who recycle their old mobile phones or printer cartridges the chance to enter a prize draw to win a luxury European weekend break for two. The care charity has teamed up with The Recycling Appeal for this latest fundraising attempt, which was launched by GMTV weather presenter Clare Nasir at Norwood's Kennedy Leigh Children and Family Centre in Hendon, north London. The charity is targeting organisations and individuals by providing individual freepost mailing bags or larger recycling boxes.
The Recycling Appeal will give Norwood money for every old phone and for every cartridge that it receives.