On average Swansea Cats Protection spend £150 on each of their rescued cats, so fund raising is vital and coming up with different ideas can be challenging!
Swansea Cats Protection teamed up with RIP South Wales Paranormal Group to form Scaredy Cats Paranormal Group, to investigate haunted buildings with 100% of the profits going to help our rescue cats and kittens.
Our first ghost hunt was at Margam Castle on a very cold, moonless October night last year. It is the perfect setting for a ghost hunt.
Forty guests arrived to explore the castle and begin the investigations. The guests were given the full history of the castle.
The number of paranormal reports and the frequency in which they occur has given Margam Castle the reputation of being one of the most haunted houses in the UK.
The sound of children playing and giggling has often been reported throughout the corridors and the large rooms of the castle.
The event which included a buffet and raffle raised over £1,000. After many requests we are running a second ghost Hunt in Margam in October 2016.
More recently in March, we hosted a further Ghost Hunt at the Skirrid Inn on the outskirts of Abergavenny, which is thought to be the oldest pub in Wales, dating back over 900 years.
Standing in the shadow of the mountain which it was named after, the first floor of the inn was used as a court-room where people who committed serious offences were tried. According to local legend, more than 180 felons who had been convicted were hanged from an oak beam over the staircase, just outside the courtroom, markings from the ropes can still be seen on the staircase today. The Skirrid has been an inn since 1110 and it is most famous for being the courtroom of Judge Jeffreys, the Hanging Judge.
The Hanging Judge is rumoured to stalk the upper floors of the inn, looking for people to condemn to Death. There is also the spirit of Fanny Price, a woman who worked in the inn during the 18th century who died of consumption at the age of 35; she is most active in Room 3.
25 guests enjoyed a meal before exploring the pub and surrounding areas once the pub had closed to the regulars. Twelve brave souls also stayed the night in the hotel rooms! A few of the group were brave enough to sleep in room 3 and some weird, unexplained noises were heard!
This successful night raised over £300 for the cats and kittens in Swansea Cats Protection’s care.
If anyone is interested in joining us at Margam Castle on October 1st, or at any further Ghost Hunting events please contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
A non-ghostly fundraising event will be held at Pets at Home, Parc Tawe (and Fforestfach depending on the number of volunteers) the first weekend in June, Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th. We are looking for volunteers to help out for a morning or afternoon.
To offer a cat a home, or if you are interested in volunteering for us, please contact us by one of the following methods: Helpline: 0345 260 2101
Please note our helpline number has changed.
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