In the 1960s Celia Hammond graced the cover of Vogue and lived a celebrity lifestyle, travelling the world on photographic assignments. Although she had become a vegetarian in her teens, at that time she ironically became one of the country’s top fur models.
This all changed when she witnessed a seal cull first hand and vowed to never model fur again. This stance caused a huge amount of publicity and Celia realised that she could use this as a perfect platform to campaign about animal welfare issues.
In 1986 she founded the Celia Hammond Animal Trust with the aim of opening a low-cost neutering clinic to control the feral animal population. The first of these clinics opened in Lewisham in 1995, and a second opened in Canning Town in 1999. In addition to neutering animals, the clinics and sanctuary also help to rescue and rehome animals – helping thousands of cats every year.
But it costs £2.4million to run CHAT for just one year. One cat alone can have vet bills of £250 to neuter, vaccinate, chip and look after. Mums and kittens cost around £500 per family to take care of. As you can imagine the cost is spiraling and there is simply not enough donations coming in to meet the need. Sadly this has taken a toll on Celia’s health and whilst she would never ask for help we know that it really is time for all of us to step up.
Celia has neutered over 200,000 animals preventing the birth of hundreds of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens. Her work and dedication is awe-inspiring. A Just Giving page has been set up to try to relieve the pressure on this amazing charity. Please donate if you can, every pound makes a difference and is hugely appreciated.
Find out more about Celia here