Hair is no alternative now for Abbie from RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre who has signed up to a challenge – that not many would agree to by any means……

Animal care assistant Abbie Griffith – who has worked for the animal welfare charity for more than eight years, after volunteering for two years – has agreed to have her hair completely shaved off – if £2,000 can be raised for the Friends of RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen.

Abbie GriffithAbbie, who works mainly in the small animal unit, where she takes care of the rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, fish, wildlife and poultry, said she loves a challenge.

“I just love the challenge of meeting the needs of such a variety of animals each day,” she said. “This head shave is quite a different challenge but I have volunteered to shave my hair to help raise funds so that we can hopefully upgrade our poultry accommodation.

“Each year we see a number of hens and cockerels come into our care from the RSPCA inspectorate and it would be wonderful to have purpose-built accommodation for them. This will also free up the areas where we currently house poultry so that we can help even more animals.”

Abbie’s hair-raising challenge will take place on Sunday, 28 April at the Friends of RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen official opening of the animal centre’s new multipurpose barn (11am-3pm). As well as the charity head shave there will be lots of fun for all the family, including refreshments, a tombola, raffle and children education workshops throughout the day.

Abbie said the head shave will take place at 1pm.

She said: “My hair will be cut off first and the ponytails will be donated to the Little Princess Trust to hopefully make a wig for a child who may have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses and then what remains will be shaved off to a grade two-three.

“I am hoping to raise £2,000 so that we can purchase at least two purpose-built walk-in runs with a coop or shed in each. As an incentive I have pledged to go completely bald if we reach that target of £2,000, so please sponsor me and make this worth the complete embarrassment!”

Animal centre manager Vicky Williams said: “We are so very proud of Abbie for taking on this challenge – and we’ll all be supporting her on the day!

“We’re really looking forward to the fun day – which will also see us officially open our multipurpose barn. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to visit us for this special occasion and to join us for a great family day out which will also help us raise funds for the animals at the centre.”

For more information about the centre, re-homing opportunities, upcoming events and more, visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/bryn-y-maen-animal-centre/. You will find the centre just off the B5113 Llanwrst Road, and a short drive from the A55 coastal road (LL28 5EJ) – or call on 0300 123 0745.

Ends – Diwedd

Notes to Editors:
Picture of Abbie attached
To sponsor Abbie please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/alun039s-campaign-for-rspca-west-gwynedd-branch?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnsharebartop_r&fbclid=IwAR2-PkhghuV9H7Sj_Zp8Ne7KqRumWts8oA9xAPDMG_weZhmqnEH813bW7ts