Post box yarn bombers uplifted by support but need more donations
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 December 2018
Yarn bombers decorating post boxes in Potters Bar and other areas are appealing for fundraising support from the community.
The 12-strong team of Dog Knits Yarn Bombers, who unveiled more than 60 decorative toppers on post boxes in Brookmans Park, Potters Bar and Barnet in late November, have raised almost £2,000 in aid of the RSPCA Friends of Southridge pensioners scheme.
This despite four toppers being stolen - with one in Barnet since returned - and another set alight in Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, since the hand-crafted Christmas scenes were unveiled in late November.
Since then, Dog Knits have replaced the topper that was set alight and knitted another seven hand-crafted Christmas scenes for post boxes in Hadley Wood.
The Dog Knits say their spirits were lifted by the “overwhelming support” of the community, but they are in need more donations to reach their fundraising target of £25,000 to run the scheme for another year.
Dog Knits Yarn Bombers spokesperson and Friends of RSPCA Southridge member Tina Bishop said: “To say the last two weeks has been eventful for us is an understatement.
“We’ve had some real highs and lows, but it’s been the support of the local community which has kept us going throughout.
“We are so overwhelmed by the messages of support and the donations so far, and we thank everyone, but we hope that more people can spare a few pounds to continue to support us as we are still a long way off our fundraising target.”
The RSPCA Friends of Southridge pensioners scheme provides funding for sick animals and elderly animals at the centre who require ongoing veterinary treatment through to their twilight years.
RSPCA Southridge centre manager Anna White said: “We are so grateful to the Dog Knits Yarn Bombers for all their work... They are raising much needed vital funds for animals in our care.
“We hope that this event will also highlight the work of RSPCA Southridge and maybe help to find new homes for the animals in our care.”
Those who find a yarn-bombed post box should read the tag attached.
Visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/dogknitsridge to make a donation.
To find out more about offering a home an animal on the pensioners scheme, contact the centre on 0300 123 0704.