Cinnamon Trust needs new Somerset volunteers

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 July 2015

The Cinnamon Trust is short of volunteers in and around Weston

The Cinnamon Trust is short of volunteers in and around Weston

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‘LOVING and empathetic’ volunteers are needed to help a Somerset charity which cares for pets of the vulnerable and elderly.

National charity the Cinnamon Trust is looking for volunteers to help with walking dogs, transporting pets for vet treatment and fostering animals whose owners have died, among other duties.

The trust has 348 volunteers across Somerset but needs more people to join in Weston and the surrounding villages.

A Cinnamon Trust spokesman said: “North Somerset being in large part a rural area poses problems for us due to its population being so scattered.

“We have a good number of volunteers around Bristol, but they probably would not wish to travel too far out of their own area.

“A Cinnamon Trust volunteer needs to love animals and have empathy for other people’s circumstances, as well as be reliable and conscientious.

“Even if all someone can manage is to walk one dog per week then that would be an absolutely brilliant help to us.”

The charity is funded entirely by donations and offers its services free of charge, with users under no obligation to donate no matter how much help they receive.

Christine Sumsion, aged 69 and from Weston, has volunteered with the trust for more than seven years and adopted the dog of a deceased owner five years ago.

Christine promotes the trust through giving talks to companies and organisations, as well as fundraising at public events.

She said: “The gratitude you are shown by the people you help for doing even the littlest things for them is a great feeling.

“I would recommend it to anyone who has any time to give, as the trust is very supportive of those who make time for to assist it.”

To volunteer and donate visit www.cinnamon.org.uk or call 01736 757900.

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