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Newsdate: 11th June 2010

Wigan, Leigh and District Branch of the RSPCA are pleased to be offering reduced price microchipping at this year’s Trust Garden Party. On the 19th June, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) will be holding their annual Garden Party in the grounds of Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

The RSPCA will be holding a stall at the event, which will be promoting pet welfare, with leaflets and information available to the public.
Pictured in the photograph are Lucinda Stein (Auxillary Nurse), Carol Milne (Staff Nurse), Helen Starkey (Sister), Carolyn Dereszkiewicz (Matron Cardiology Services), Sue Lundy (Clerical Coordinator), Teresa Sharpe (Auxillary Nurse) and Ailsa Gibson (RSPCA Trustee) along with KeeJ and Buster
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Dr. Naqvi’s Heart Beat Appeal, which is aiming to raise more than £1m to relocate the CCU into the Cardiology Department and fund new life saving equipment.

Members of the public are invited to bring their pet cat or dog to the Garden Party event, to benefit from the reduced price microchipping offer. There will be specialised staff on hand to administer the microchip, which is fairly painless for animals. The microchip is very small, and is administered in the same way as an injection, via a needle. Microchipping is a permanent method of identifying lost pets, and the identification information can be easily updated. As the information is kept on a database, it is a simple matter to update pet details whenever  required for example a house move or a phone number change.

Bill Stubbs, RSPCA Branch Manager, said, “The main advantage of microchipping is so that lost, stray or stolen pets can be quickly re-united  with their true owner; this is especially important for dogs because they can legally be put to sleep by the stray dog kennels after only seven days if unclaimed. WWL’s Garden Party will give the RSPCA another opportunity to demonstrate by practical example, the benefits of microchipping, and we will be offering this service for only £10 per pet. We will also be showing off the other work that the Wigan RSPCA Branch does locally, and publicising the opening in June of our new PAWS Centre in York Street, Wallgate, Wigan.”

A great family day of fun has been arranged with live music, regular Garden Party magician, Mr Zooka, bouncy castle, famer’s market, fortune teller, ice cream, refreshments such as chilli and BBQ beans and many more. Prizes on the day include a 42” flat screen TV, a foot spa and a paintball day for 30 people. Raffle tickets are on sale now, from all volunteers desks at the Trust. We also have appearances from Greater Manchester Fire Service and Greater Manchester Police Service.

Admission on the day is £1 for adults, 50p for children and £2.50 for families (2 adults and 2 children).

Photographed – Lucinda Stein (Auxillary Nurse), Carol Milne (Staff Nurse), Helen Starkey (Sister), Carolyn Dereszkiewicz (Matron Cardiology Services), Sue Lundy (Clerical Coordinator), Teresa Sharpe (Auxillary Nurse) and Ailsa Gibson (RSPCA Trustee) along with KeeJ and Buster.

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