UK news Thousands sign petition to keep Cambridge Blue Cross centre open last minute news


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- The charity announced it was shutting some branches, although it has not been confirmed which ones

UK news Thousands sign petition to keep Cambridge Blue Cross centre open last minute news


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- The charity announced it was shutting some branches, although it has not been confirmed which ones

UK news Thousands sign petition to keep Cambridge Blue Cross centre open last minute news
13 May 2021 - 06:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the Blue Cross to reconsider closing its Cambridge rehoming centre. Volunteers said the charity’s presence in the city was irreplaceable and said the so-called consultation regarding the closure was not fit for purpose, with one starting the petition. The cat adoption charity, based in Garlic Row near Newmarket Road, announced in April that it was looking to shut some centres across the country and make around 110 staff redundant as a cost-cutting measure. It said it was holding a consultation process with employees at risk of redundancy. One regular volunteer told CambridgeshireLive: “I understand from an official notification that Blue Cross are in a consultation period, but I am unclear as to whom they are consulting. “It is certainly not the volunteers and supporters they rely so heavily upon. I appreciate that cost-cutting may be necessary, due to the funding crisis created by the pandemic, but feel the closure of the Garlic Row centre is very short-sighted. “It would be very interesting to hear the views of the many hundreds of adopters who now have a new family member courtesy of Blue Cross rehoming centre.” Find the latest news in your area: Volunteers have been told they could share ideas or suggestions with management, even if there was no formal consultation. She added: “The centre provides such a valuable service to the local and wider community by providing a place for cats to be cared for until loving homes can be found. “They reduce the number of stray cats on the streets and provide support and advice to adopters. “I have seen first hand how much the dedicated staff care for the cats and how successful they are in finding them new homes.” Another volunteer, Lesley Mackie, has started a petition to the Blue Cross head office to save the Cambridge centre, which has been in the city since 1935 and currently has space for 50 cats and kittens. The petition, which has 3,598 signatories so far, asks the charity’s head office to keep the centre open, saying it was especially important now as pets bought during lockdown may be given up as people return to offices. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out.

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. She adopted her most recent cat, Arnie from the centre after he had been a stray for a number of years. “I went to sit with him during one of my volunteering sessions,” she said. “He was hissing at everyone but as I was about to leave he gave out the most pathetic meow and I instantly fell in love. He was adopted by a family but returned to the centre several months later. I couldn’t let him go for a second time. Arnie the cat, adopted from Blue Cross Cambridge by volunteer Lesley Mackie (Image: Lucinda Price Photography) “The incredibly experienced staff at the Blue Cross helped me to successfully introduce him to my other cat, Arthur, also adopted from there. “I don’t think I would have been able to do this without their advice and support.” The volunteer, who has adopted three cats herself from the centre, said: “During this so-called ‘consultation period’ there has been no consultation with volunteers and supporters of the charity, who for the most part have no knowledge of what is transpiring.” Ms Mackie added that the history and experience of staff could be lost forever if shut, with three staff in Cambridge having 83 years of experience between them. The charity said it needed to make £1 million of savings across the country, and confirmed 110 employees across the country have been placed at risk of redundancy out of a total of 774 employees and 5,000 volunteers. In a three-year strategy published in February 2021, the charity said costs had been cut by £6m due to an £8m drop in income during the pandemic in 2020, and the charity aimed to balance the budget in 2022. Its 2019 income was just under £40m, according to the Charity Commission. A Blue Cross spokesperson declined to comment further regarding the consultation process or the petition, but reiterated that the decision was made after “[exploring] several options to ensure financial sustainability for the charity and its work going forward”. They said: “We must reiterate that as part of the consultation period, we will ensure all alternatives to individual redundancies are explored. “We also wish to reassure supporters and colleagues while the consultation process is taking place, the charity and its staff and volunteers will still be carrying out all of our vital services and support for pet owners.” The petition is available here. Read More Related Articles Cambridge City Council's Sam Davies on the secrets to surprise election success Read More Related Articles Doctors with life-saving Cambridge healthcare charity 'angry' after government funding cuts

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