Posted: Thu 10th Nov 2016

Graduate Leads Campaign to Build £500,000 Animal Shelter

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 10th, 2016

A university graduate is spearheading a campaign to raise funds to help build a £500,000 animal rescue shelter in north east Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Kim Johnson, a former Animal Studies student at Wrexham Glyndwr University, wants to erect the facility caring for unwanted and lost pets. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Supported by staff and students at the University’s Northop site and animal organisations in the region, Kim has founded a new charity – WILDA – and wants to provide work placements for students and volunteers, as well as offering pet therapy, an activity centre and educational workshops. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The mum-of-one from Minydd Isa has championed the Flintshire campus since graduating and even set up a library there in past months. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Joined by students Sarah Hughes and Danielle Henson her first target is to garner £5,000 so they can register WILDA before drawing-up proposals and building momentum for the project. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s going to take time but our aim is to build the shelter in the Mold or Northop area so it becomes a safe haven for animals and can be used by the University and rescue organisations,” said Kim. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We have events in the pipeline, including an arts and crafts day for children and a music night, so we hope to get the community behind us.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

She added: “The University was so helpful to me, especially the team at Northop; I really want to give something back. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Caring for animals is my biggest passion so there are many reasons for me doing this, and the area does need a new animal facility.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Originally from Heswall, Kim discovered she was dyslexic during the second year of her degree and was given study skills support to help her achieve the qualification. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Her love of animals and desire to support the University is what spurred her on. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We are putting a five-year plan in place because this could be something of a local attraction as well as an educational and care centre,” added Kim, who also has a PGCE from Wrexham Glyndwr. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“North Clwyd Animal Rescue and other organisations are behind us and want to make this happen – there is a real desire out there and we want to capitalise on that. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I received so much support from the team at Northop, as have so many other students over the years, that I really want to give something back. I could not have got through university without their guidance and understanding.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

For more information and to support the appeal, visit the Justgiving page. Visit the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more on courses available at the University’s Northop campus. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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