Bridget Hicks. Algarve Portugal.

Bridget left her portuguese property to two long term friends, Woodsides Founder Carole Bowles MBE being one of them. 

A lack of clarity in Bridget's Will, together with limited assistance from officials in Portugal left the animals in her care, with an uncertain future. 

Thus it was that Carole travelled to the Algarve to meet Bridget's Trust Fund Managers. As a result of this meeting, the officials were persuaded to finance the transportation of Bridget's animals to Woodside, based in Devon. There were thirteen in total, eight dogs and five cats. From here the sanctuary have found suitable homes for all except two of the dogs, Lucky and Nelly, who will stay at our refuge as residents as, for various complex behavioural and medical reasons, finding suitable homes for them is nigh on impossible. 

So began Woodside's link with animal welfare in The Algarve. 

Subsequent meetings with several Algarve animal charities and extensive investigations into their work and welfare priorities has resulted in a commitment to work with these organisations in memory of Bridget. Carole's share of the proceeds of the sale of Bridgets property is being used to thie end. Woodside Animal Welfare Trust has set up a fund into which donations in support of work in The Algarve can be made. 

The fund will be kept completely seperate to all the funds raised or donated for Woodside's work in our local community, and will in no way detract from that work. 



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