Submitted by Steve on 14:02, 31st Aug, 2018 | 0

The GSPCA has had a great time at all of the Summer Shows and especially so at the West and North Show thanks to some amazing volunteers from Northern Trust.

On Wednesday 4 staff from Northern Trust helped on our stall at the West Show and 5 on the Thursday and at the North Show 4 helped on the Wednesday and an amazing 9 volunteers on the Thursday.

Over the previous four years 134 volunteers from Northern Trust have helped out at the GSPCA, with 38 staff helping in 2014 and a further 26 helping in 2015, 34 in 2016 and 16 in 2017, 26 earlier this year and with this additional 22 it takes the total to 162.

Everyone of the volunteers helped make a massive difference setting up our stall, dressing as giant animals, serving customers, showing visitors our tortoise and so much more and we are hugely grateful to all of the wonderful volunteers from Northern Trust.

Each day all of the volunteers did an extremely hard days work dressed up and helping on the GSPCA stall and Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager and Lorna Prince GSPCA Animal Welfare Manager presented each of the volunteers from Northern Trust with a few gifts as a thanks.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "We really cannot thank the team from Northern Trust enough, they were just amazing at the West and North Show.”

“They are truly amazing and we really, really do appreciate all of their wonderful support and help."

"Since 2014 Northern Trust have sent 162 staff to help at the GSPCA which is just incredible."

“The staff from Northern Trust have helped with amazing amount of work at the GSPCA and they were great fun from one of them dressing as Terry the Tiger and having bikes jump over him at the North Show as a display to all those that helped dress as giant animals in the ring at the Battle of Flowers.”

“Over the 4 days they helped us raise thousands of pounds between both shows and from all of us at the GSPCA a huge thank you.”

"We always love to hear from businesses that would like to help us help the animals and community of Guernsey and there are many ways getting involved from CSR programmes to sponsoring animals in our care."

"We can even run bespoke events such as guided tours for your team and their families."

"From all at the GSPCA a huge thank you to all at Northern Trust."

"Also a huge thank you to all involved and supported our stall at the West Show and the North Show and a huge thanks to the organisors."

"For those wanting to help the next volunteer induction evening for anyone interested in helping out is on Monday 3rd September at the GSPCA with a 630pm start."

If your business or group would like to help us at the GSPCA we have lots of other possible jobs to help out at the GSPCA and to see just some ideas –

  • Painting aviaries/rabbit runs/stable (where possible we do ask for donations to help with paint and rollers/brushes etc.)
  • Painting Buildings  (where possible we do ask for donations to help with paint and rollers/brushes etc.)
  • Gardening / landscaping / weeding (we are always in need of additional tools if possible to help)
  • Help with our memorial garden and chapel of rest  (we do need additional tools, plants, hardcore and sleepers to help)
  • Putting in steps to our pond  (we are in need of additional tools, plants, hardcore and sleepers to help)
  • Building a cage over our pond dipping pond (we have this but will need a team to do - possibly half to full day)
  • Helping in the charity shop
  • Helping sort out and clean some donated aviaries and cages (likely a full day for 4 or more people)
  • General Animal Care
  • Helping with Admin / Reception
  • Help wash and clean Shelter vehicles
  • Cleaning signage and windows around site
  • Cleaning gutters/drains around site
  • Pressure washing outside areas
  • Cleaning out our deep pond
  • If staff have a skill set and can offer training to our team this is always much appreciated
  • Helping deep clean areas
  • Helping gut out, clean, tidy and sort storage areas
  • Building a large poultry run (likely to take more than a day and we do need posts, mesh and concrete)
  • Build an additional tortoise run (likely to take more than a day and we do need posts, wood, mesh and concrete)
  • Lay new floor in bird room & build aviary pens in bird room (we do need flooring, wood and mesh)
  • Redo our disabled toilet area (we do need new bathroom items, baby change, signage)
  • Welding and fixing our barriers
  • Supply and build extra outside rabbit/guinea pig runs 
  • Supply and build safety porches to some aviaries
  • Dig out and build a sleeper wall near our tortoise run (will take much more than a week of a team doing and we do need sleepers and supplies)
  • Running a cake sale/holding an event at the Shelter
  • Taking a stall with games/goods out into the community if a location can be found
  • Help run guided tour events
  • Running a fund raiser
  • Sponsored walk or event
  • Helping run an event for kids/schools

Please do get in touch if you think you can help with these or the many other jobs and projects we have at the GSPCA.

If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events or book a table at our Ball please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email

To see the opening hours at the GSPCA please visit –

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

To donate to the animals in our care please visit - 

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor to sponsor the hoglets and support our work please visit -

To see our Wish List on our website please visit -

For other fund raising ideas and ways to support please visit -

Our next Volunteer Induction is on Monday 3rd September at 630pm and for details

To visit the details on the Urgent Kennel Floor Appeal please visit -

To find out how your business could help us at the GSPCA

To learn more about our biggest project, become an Exclusive Build Partner and support our Wildlife Hospital please visit


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