Market blow for Wisbech sanctuary
The founder of a cat sanctuary says she may not be able to help as many animals after being told she can no longer run a stall on Wisbech market.
Lindsay Kierman needs the £300 a month raised by a charity stall at the town’s market to run Croft House Sanctuary.
But on Monday Mrs Kierman was told that she can no longer sell items on her stall.
She was told that a raffle or tombola would be permitted.
Wisbech Town Council runs the market and is now looking into this situation.
She needs to raise thousands of pounds each year to meet the costs of veterinary treatment and feeding the animals in her care.
Currently Mrs Kierman is caring for more than 30 cats and kittens, including four over the festive period.
She said: “This is going to hurt us.
“We will have to rely on other things.
“Pets at Home support us but there is only so much they can do.
“I won’t be able to help as many cats. This will make a big difference to what we can do.
“I took in two kittens who needed £250 worth of operations each. I won’t be able to do things like that as we won’t have the extra income coming in.
“We help the animals which are left at local vets and I also help the people who are trying to help a cat which was dumped on their doorstep.”
The sanctuary was founded two years ago and has helped more than 80 cats since then.
She has re-homed the vast majority but has 10 permanent residents, some of which are on medication.
Mrs Kierman and a few volunteers sell second-hand donated items on the monthly stall to help meet the costs of the sanctuary.
She said: “My husband was told on Monday by the man who oversees the market that we were not allowed to have a stall.
“Last year we were told that we could not sell DVDs, handbags or jewellery. So we removed them. Then at the end of last year we were told we could sell DVDs again as the dvd man was not there for a few weeks.
“Now we have been told that we can’t sell anything now. We pay £15 to have a stall.
“If you want to buy something new, you are not going to go to a second-hand shop. These are items donated to us to help.
“We won’t be able to make the same amount of money from a tombola.”
Mrs Kierman, who has not registered the charity as she does not generate a large amount of money, says the matter will be discussed at a Wisbech Town Council meeting next week and she will be attending to put her point of view across.
Leader of the council David Oliver is looking into the situation with the market stalls.
He said: “No charity stalls have been banned from the market.
“If they are promoting their charity, having a tombola or collection they can still have a stall and that will be free of charge.”