Residents and staff from Greenhill Manor care home donated to help animals affected by cruelty.

Brian Wilson Leanne Morgan Jon Fitzmaurice

Residents and staff from a south Wales care home have remembered a former RSPCA branch trustee with a donation in her honour.

The donation from Greenhill Manor, in Pentrebach, was in memory of Molly Wilson, who was a trustee for the RSPCA’s Glamorgan North and East branch and had been involved with the RSPCA for over 50 years, before she sadly passed away in January this year.

The collection was organised by Molly’s husband of 61 years and former mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Brian Wilson, with the support of Lifestyle Coordinator for the home, Leanne Morgan.

Molly, who was awarded an MBE for her services to animal welfare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2000, was behind a lengthy campaign for a purpose-built RSPCA animal clinic at the Willows in Abercanaid. The clinic, which opened in October 2005 and was named Molly Wilson House, provides high quality, low-cost veterinary care for people living in the clinic’s catchment area and who receive certain benefits – helping to ensure that all animals receive the treatment they need.

Brian decided to organise the donation to honour Molly and across three weeks received bags of dog and cat food, treats, toys and dog leads from other residents, staff and family members. Brian and Leanne met with Senior Clinician Jon Fitzmaurice at the Willows to handover the donation, which will be used at the clinic as well as at RSPCA animal centres in Newport and Swansea.

Senior Clinician for the animal centre, Jon Fitzmaurice, said: “Molly was an incredible person and without her this clinic wouldn’t be here, helping thousands of animals who need basic treatment but also animals who are brought in here by RSPCA inspectors who have been subjected to cruelty.

“This clinic really does make a difference to their lives and gives them a second chance. We are very thankful to Brian and Leanne for organising this donation and to everyone who has supported us and Molly’s work over the years.”

The clinics provides a reduced cost veterinary service for people living in the CF37, CF39, CF40, CF41, CF42, CF43, CF44, CF45, CF46, CF47, CF81, CF82, CF83, NP11, NP12, NP13, NP22, NP23 and NP24 postcodes and who are in receipt of support in the form of employment support allowance, job seekers allowance, income support, universal credit or pension credit.

For more information contact the clinic on 0300 123 0725, 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please make an appointment to see the vet. To report an incident of cruelty please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.