The idea of the Spanish Trip is a simple one: David and Tim (known affectionately as Thelma and Louise for reasons which will become apparent) drive to the Santa Clara Animal Sanctuary in Spain and deliver much needed provisions and supplies: blankets, dog coats, Euros, towels, first aid things – and make themselves useful while they are there.
It began with David and me (Victoria) discussing the hard work done by the volunteers at Santa Clara. I had had a letter from Margaret Wormington, one such volunteer, an English woman who lives with her husband Pete in a village called Ayna, in Albacette. Apart from Margaret, the volunteers are all Spanish. Margaret is a friend of a friend, so I sent a donation at Christmas, which prompted her to write a moving, courageous letter. Somehow, David and I had the idea at the same moment: the thing to do is go over there personally and take some supplies. Not by plane – drive there. Ferry then car. Yes, October is the right time, ready for the next harsh winter – they do get harsh winters over there.
Pretty soon, I took on the job of being the organiser (there were no other volunteers, in fact) – and within the blink of an eye, Tim opted to make the trip with David. Thelma and Louise were created! Then Sian (married to Tim and senior partner in MDM Creative, a design/promotion company) got the job of – yes – the designer and promotion person. Somehow in all that, Liz Coleman (photographer – http://www.madaboutgreys.com) was roped in to provide photos. I don’t think we asked her, but she said yes anyway.
The response was overwhelming – friends stepped forward to help, all using their own particular skills and resources. We have people knitting, sewing, collecting, scouring Charity Shops – Margaret keeps us on track in terms of what is needed over there – no point in taking a car load of things they don’t need.
The Santa Clara dogs need our help