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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care have been accepted to hold a stall at this year’s Royal Highland Show. The show runs at Ingliston, Edinburgh near Edinburgh Airport from Thursday 21st - Sunday 24th June 2012. It is a jam packed event, with plenty for absolutely everyone on display from cattle, sheep, horses, crafts, the world famous food hall, cars, machinery, army displays and more.

Each day, our stall (in 1st Avenue in the Lifestyle Village) will display lots of rabbit welfare information, will have rabbits on show with supervised handling sessions running throughout the day. Our volunteers will be on hand to offer expert advice. Our lucky dip will be running with a chance to win a prize every time.

The Royal Highland Show offers a unique opportunity for us to get our message in front of literally (hundreds of) thousands of people over the four days of the show.

This opportunity is a massive investment for us, and one we’ve not taken lightly. But the opportunity was too good to miss. If we “play it right” it’s an excellent opportunity to raise serious funds for the rabbits, but just as important it is the largest audience we could ever hope to greet with our message for rabbit welfare.

We need you to help make it a success.

  • Come & Visit us at the show
  • We’re looking for volunteers to help man the event. If you can give us some of your time, please get in touch – whether it’s a few hours, a full day, or more.

 

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care is delighted to invite you to take part in the Big Give Quiz at 7:30pm on Wednesday 20th June. This is a brand new, exciting initiative from the Big Give and you can take part with a group of friends from the comfort of your own home – with your entry donation going to Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care!

To take part in the Quiz, your team will be required to pay a £10 registration fee to the Big Give and £10 for each team member. Each team member will then receive a £10 donation voucher to donate to give to Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care.

To register your team now, please visit:

http://content.thebiggive.org.uk/big-give-quiz/

As well as a fun evening, there are fantastic prizes at stake! The winning team will be announced later the same evening and awarded £250 cash and £500 for their charity – a chance to raise even more funds for Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care.

Thank you for your support, and good luck on the evening!

We’re running a Big Hop Event on Saturday 21st April 2012 at Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch.

David & Aimee’s Sponsored Space Hopper will happen on the day, and we’d love more of you to join us too. Could you do a sponsored hop round the park? Maybe join us on a Space-hopper too? Or Pogo stick? Bunny hop on your BMX? It’s great for all ages, from 2 year olds through to 90s, whether you do a two minute hop or hop for hours!

Create a sponsorship page online today, or download a sponsorship form to get you started.

Also on the day, we’ll have our awareness & fundraising tent on hand with lots of information and advice on hand for caring for your rabbit. Meet our Giant Rabbits, and meet some of our rescued rabbits looking for a new home. We’ll have charity collections and our Prize Every Time Lucky Dip.

Saturday 21st April, 12pm until 4pm @ Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch, G66 3DD

www.thebighop.org

This Saturday Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care is holding our awareness stalls at two local events.

Our first stall is at Torwood Garden Centre, Larbert. This is a family run garden centre offering a fantastic range of garden plants, gifts, furniture, pets and aquatics, and also hosts "Blossoms" bistro - a popular local eating place in its own right. With information and advice from our FBRC experts, and the chance to meet a Continental Giant rabbit, this is an excellent opportunity to learn a little more about the work that we do.

At the same time, a similar display of information & advice is on show at Neilston Cattle Show and Sheep Dog Trials, featuring our long term fosters Fifi & Belle who are both longing for their forever home. Also at the show are a wide range of farm animals including sheep and cattle, horses & equestrian activities, dog trials and much more - a real family day out.

Find out more about Neilston Show.

Find out more about Torwood Garden Centre.

If you're out and about in either area, pop by and say hello.

Father and daughter team David and Aimee Bell, aged 5, are set to straddle their space-hoppers in a sponsored hop for their favourite pets.

And as Easter approaches Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care, a registered Scottish charity, are asking us all to hop on board and raise funds for Glasgow & West Central Scotland's rabbits in need.

'The Big Hop' invites families, schools, nurseries, workplaces and community groups to pull together and run their very own sponsored hop event to raise cash for the rabbits in their care; rabbits that are unwanted or may have come from neglected or abandoned homes and are in desperate need of help to find a permanent, loving home.

David Bell, 32 year-old director of the charity comments, ""Despite being the UK's 3rd most popular pet, it continues to be the most misunderstood, abused and neglected pet we have. Even those who think they are caring for their rabbit often haven't taken the time to learn appropriate care and end up potentially damaging the wellbeing of their pet. Our understanding of what rabbits need has changed in recent years and we are hopeful our Big Hop events will help raise awareness and funds to improve this situation in our local area"".

Alongside the fundraising activities, Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care's team of volunteers are offering to visit your school, nursery or community group to deliver their awareness displays. ""The problem isn't lack of care as much as its lack of awareness,"" David continues ""We hope that by educating existing and potential rabbit owners on better ways to care for rabbits we can not only improve conditions for the rabbits, but teach their owners how to get more fun and interaction out of their pet"".

Rabbits entering the service often need a lot of treatment and specialist care at first in order to prepare them for suitable homes. It typically costs in excess of £100 to prepare each rabbit for rehoming, which doesn't include day-to-day food & bedding costs. When it comes to finding a new home the donations received by adopters often only account for 30-50% of what it's cost the organisation to treat them. The surplus is covered by private donations from the charities followers and supporters. As demand increases though, their funds are falling dangerously low.

The organisation, which formed in December 2010 and gained charitable status in November 2011, has very quickly been faced with a high demand for their services. Typically around 40 rabbits are looking to be rehomed at any time, and there is a waiting list of rabbits waiting to enter the service too. Utilising volunteers who act as foster carers caring for the rabbits in their own homes, Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care provide a range of care services including neutering & vaccinations via partner vets throughout the area prior to rehoming any rabbit.

David's wife and Co-director Feona Bell, 24, added, ""The Big Hop is a really fun way for families and friends to enjoy the joys of Spring and make a massive difference to Easter's favourite animal.""

To get involved in The Big Hop, visit www.thebighop.org or call 0141 280 3272 and start your sponsorship today.

Please also consider sponsoring David & Aimee via their Just Giving page - http://www.justgiving.com/davidwbell.