On 19 Feb 2017 at 11:49am Half term dad wrote:
Is it just me or has Raystede gome down hill? Big aupporter of the place, had two dogs from there and visited often in the past but this week I went with my 11 and 10 year olds and was disappointed. No animals you can see properly, rabbits and small mammals all behind glass and difficult even to see. We ended up more or less just going to the cafe. Feels like it is loosing its way a bit ot maybe we erre just unlucky.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 12:36pm stig of the dump wrote:
Ironic isn't it....complaining that an animal rescue santuary doesn't have many animals hehe
On 19 Feb 2017 at 12:39pm Udder wrote:
It is free you know and a charity. They moved the little animals because they got too scared by people trying to touch them.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 3:19pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Errr, it's an animal rescue centre, not a petting zoo.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 3:39pm Towney wrote:
Even so ACT, they do still rely on people looking round, spending a few quid in the shop or cafe etc
On 19 Feb 2017 at 7:46pm Ray wrote:
The bird sanctuary has been closed for a while - presumably due to the current bird flu restrictions. You're right, the small animals are a bit disappointing as they built s new space but you can rarely see them. There are usually plenty of rabbits to see and dogs, cats and birds, Not bad for a free trip out.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 8:14pm Wealthy wrote:
Don't be deceived the Charity had around £11m investments End of march 2016. Stop giving them money as there are so many more deserving charities around. It's worth looking at their accounts as there is more going on here.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 9:02pm Lewes Voter 3 wrote:
This is why you must NEVER EVER give to charities. Millions and millions in the bank but they beg for volunteers to run all those shops. We were brought up to look after our own first.
On 19 Feb 2017 at 9:25pm @wealthy wrote:
Charity invests money to ensure a regular income? Surely that's a good thing?
On 19 Feb 2017 at 10:11pm Goodtogetaresponsefromraystead wrote:
It would be good to understand how this financial situation works. I am less inclined to help after seeing so many posts pleading poverty but perhaps that's the investment level needed to get the regular income required to run - perhaps somebody who knows could advise before they loose possible valuable local support.
On 20 Feb 2017 at 9:55am Perky wrote:
Do you realize how much that place costs to run each day? Thousands. Do you begrudge them having investments?
On 20 Feb 2017 at 4:21pm Ray Steed wrote:
@Lewes Voter 3. What a load of rubbish. Having a lot of money in the bank isn't a measure of how rich you are. It depends how much your running costs are, and what debts you might have.
Also, how would Cancer Research, for instance, give any money for research I they didn't accumulate it in the bank first?
On 21 Feb 2017 at 4:59pm ex volunteer wrote:
Man, I wrote a nice long response but think it got binned as I had a link in the text. Summary time.
Was set up by one woman who put all her land and cash into it then left it to charity. No big pot of money, if there are investments then as pointed out, it's because they have built them up over time to provide an income. That's what organisations like this do as they're not a business with regular income. Do they even charge entry? Didn't when I left.
Maybe this £11m figure (from where?!) is the land and buildings which are needed to house and care for the animals.
When I left a couple of years back they still didn't charge entry. Not many places you can say that about. Sure, it's not arranged ideally for viewing animals but that is done deliberately for their welfare as it's a sanctuary.
Volunteers were all happy to be there for various reasons, we didn't need to be begged to come in.