How Grimsby people’s generosity will help sick and injured pets in the town

Presentation at Grimsby's Blue Cross Animal Hospital - from left, Nikki Callanan, deputy nurse manager; Rob Low, hospital lead; Natalie Everett, nurse manager; Katie Etheridge, funeral service arranger; Pete Daniel, fundraising volunteer; Caroline Cullum, funeral service arranger and David Emberson, consultant

A bumper fundraising effort has provided much-needed cash to help sick and injured pets in Grimsby.

A total of £3,227 was raised following an initiative in support of the Blue Cross Animal Hospital. The sum will go towards purchasing a dental X-ray machine for the hospital.

Two Grimsby funeral directors - JW Emberson and Steven Near Funeral Service - joined forces to host a fun family bingo evening and launched an appeal to gather supplies for the cause. They asked residents, businesses and community groups to donate essential items for the charity, ranging from AA batteries and pens to puppy training pads and cat litter, and also prizes for a tombola, raffle and name cards for a bingo evening.


Caroline Cullum, a funeral service arranger at Steven Near, said: “Following a very interesting guided tour of the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Nelson Street, we were extremely impressed with the dedication and devotion shown by the staff and volunteers. Although the waiting room was really busy it had a warm and friendly atmosphere - nothing seemed to be too much trouble.”

She added: “This was the fifth bingo evening we have organised in support of the Blue Cross. In total we have raised over £13,000.

“We would like to convey a huge thank you to all those who supported this very worthy local cause, in particular those who attended the family fun bingo evening, donated prizes/essential items, bought and sold raffle tickets, name cards entered the tombola, raffle and play-your-cards-right game. I would personally like to thank David and Louise Emberson for their help in making this event a great success.”

During the recent guided tour, Natalie Everett, Blue Cross nurse manager, and Pete Daniel, volunteer, were able to show some of the essential equipment that has been purchased with the previous four years’ proceeds from fundraisers. They included dog beds, a warm-air bed heater, four heat pads, two drip pumps providing milk, and a display board.

Essential items purchased for the operating theatre include a blood pressure monitor, a capnograph, a steriliser and dental instruments. Pete Daniel said: “On behalf of everybody involved with the Blue Cross we would like to thank Caroline, David, Katie Etheridge, Bev Groves, Mo Forman, the Dignity funeral team and their family and friends for their ongoing support and hard work involved in organising these fun evenings.

“A massive thank you also to all the businesses, community groups and residents who donated the many wonderful prizes and those who attended and participated.” The Blue Cross Animal Hospital has been providing care for sick and injured animals in Grimsby for over 60 years, with five clinics, two main operating theatres, a lab and a dispensary.

For more information, call Blue Cross on 0300 777 1840 or visit their website/ social media pages.