Crystal Peaks Specsavers sponsors Sheffield’s busiest animal shelter

A LOCAL opticians has sponsored one of the UK’s busiest RSPCA centres to help support Sheffield’s animals in need.

Crystal Peaks Specsavers has signed up to RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre’s Corporate Heroes programme, donating £500 to guarantee the care and wellbeing of one of the centre’s 120 cats and dogs for a year.

To celebrate the partnership, a certificate presentation was held at the Crystal Peaks store, attended by one of the animal centre’s best success stories – Bourbon the Yorkshire Terrier.

Bourbon was taken to the RSPCA in August 2018 suffering from meningitis which had left his back legs paralysed and vets unsure whether he would ever recover. Against all the odds and thanks to the Sheffield Animal Centre’s diligent care, the Yorkie made a full recovery and has now been successfully rehomed.

RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre is one of the busiest in the country, rehoming 1,000 animals a year and relying predominantly on external funding and donations from the community to meet its near £3,000-a-day operational costs. It launched its Corporate Heroes programme in 2015 to give local businesses the opportunity to support the centre, with 43 companies currently signed up.

Gilbert Vasey, store director at Crystal Peaks Specsavers, says: ‘We believe it’s important for businesses like ourselves to help all in our community – people and animals alike – and take every opportunity to support our local charities. We’re proud to sponsor such a worthwhile cause as this and help fund the centre’s vital work for Sheffield animal welfare.’

Phillip Morton, head of fundraising at RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre, says: ‘Many people believe we’re government-funded but in reality, we rely so heavily on the donations and charity of our community. We’re so grateful to have the support of a business as high profile as Specsavers and we thank all the team at the Crystal Peaks store for their sponsorship, which will be used to guarantee we can keep helping and rehoming Sheffield’s animals in need.’

Crystal Peaks Specsavers has been serving the community’s ear and eye health since opening in 1996. For more information on the store, please visit https://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/crystalpeaks or call 0114 251 3111.

RSPCA Sheffield continually needs help to support animals just like Bourbon. For information please visit www.rspcsasheffield.org or contact Phillip Morton – fundraising@rscpasheffield.org