OPM proud to sponsor Thomas Hayman

Thomas was commissioned by the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & district branch to create a large sculptural steel memorial tree for the RSPCA Leeds, Diane Miles Memorial Garden being created this summer.

OPM were happy to provide Thomas (who is a valued member of the OPM Pre Press Team) with materials for the sculpture, whilst Thomas donated his time and creativity.  The tree consists of 5 2D tree halves welded to form 5 ‘spoke’ like arms, creating a 2 metre tall 3D structure. The material is ‘weathering steel’ a kind of steel that purposely rusts to create a deep nutty brown colour, this coating then prevents further corrosion. It has small holes drilled along the branches to allow tags to be attached in memoriam of deceased pets.

A beautiful space has been created at the Animal Centre for people to come and remember their beloved pets. Just a quiet space to sit and remember, and even get a tag engraved to hang on our special memory tree. The organisation helps take care of the animal for a small fee once it has passed, the metal tags purchased to hang upon the tree will help towards raising funds towards their ongoing work.

The Diane Miles Memorial Garden was opened on Saturday 6th October by Keeley Donovan (from Look North), the garden and tree were enjoyed by all. The event had a photo competition, and harvest table competition judged by the mayor of Morley as well as lots of stalls and refreshments. A plaque was added as a thank you to all those who made the garden possible.

The RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch provides a safe haven in which abused, neglected, and abandoned animals can be cared for, socialised and rehabilitated before they are found a new home.

The branch can provide accommodation for 15 dogs, 30 cats and 8 rabbits at any one time.

The Leeds animal centre and community work costs £270,000 a year to enable it to continue the work we in this branch area where 351 animals were rehabilitated and re-homed in 2017. This equates to around £740 a day to find. All animals that come into the Animal Centre are health checked, flea/wormed regularly, treated for sickness or injury if necessary, vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered/spayed.

Although income generated from fundraising activities and charity shops go a long way in helping to pay for this, it is still very difficult and the Team in Leeds really do appreciate any support the local community can give whether it be donations for our shops, tombolas, monthly giving, fundraising or anything at all would be absolutely brilliant.

See the Website for news and ways you can help the team: https://www.rspcaleedsandwakefield.org.uk

If you are interested in volunteering with RSPCA Leeds
Email volunteer@rspcaleedsandwakefield.org.uk to get you started.

RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & district branch Charity No 232223