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Monday 23 April 2018

A year on, charity shop a WSPCA lifeline

Wexford SPCA Shop in Selskar celebrates its first year in operation (from left): Jade Gannon, Lee Somers, Bridget Cullen, Rosarie O’Connor, Christine Byrne, Keith Simmons and Banjo, the dog
Wexford SPCA Shop in Selskar celebrates its first year in operation (from left): Jade Gannon, Lee Somers, Bridget Cullen, Rosarie O’Connor, Christine Byrne, Keith Simmons and Banjo, the dog

The WSCPA says it is able to pay most of its bills thank to the success of its charity shop in Selskar, which has provided it was a cash lifeline.

But Brigid Cullen, from the animal welfare organisation, says the shop almost never happened.

'I couldn't see how people would support an animal welfare shop when there are so many other shops serving good causes,' she said. But she admits she got it wrong, and after a year in business, the new shop is providing a steady stream of income for the cash-pressed charity.

'All the money coming in is our only form of income. The public donate all the lovely stuff that comes in and when they come in they often like to chat about their animals, so it has become a real social gathering place as well,' she said. The WSCPA's finances had been in dire straits and now 'we are just about able to keep our heads above water and to tell the vets that we will be able to pay something from week to week'.

Brigid said the shop has a team of up to 12 volunteers, the youngest aged just 18, and the oldest 84-year-old Keith Simmonds, 'who has been with us from the start'.

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