The charity was formed in July 1995 and granted charity status in October 1995.
It consists of a team of experienced and professional carers watched over and supported by a board of trustees.
In this environment we care for abandoned, sick and distressed cats, organising veterinary treatment, neutering, inoculating, micro-chipping, fostering, etc., and the fund-raising necessary to support these activities.
We exist to provide a safe and caring environment for abandoned, unwanted and distressed cats and kittens in the Worthing area, to arrange veterinary care and neutering and to find loving homes for the cats wherever possible.
Prior to re-homing, the cats are cared for in a number of shelters, one of which is dedicated to the ‘mums & kittens’, and by a number of foster-carers, who take them in as part of the family. We also have a location for cats who are unfortunately unsuitable for re-homing due to old age, illness or severe trauma, in order that they can spend the rest of their lives in safety and tranquillity.
Meet The WCWT Team
Sandra Collins – Chair
Chairperson since the summer of 2017 and a Co-Founder back in 1995, I have been involved with practically every aspect of this charity over the years.
My long-term contribution to WCWT has been fostering Mums and Kittens in dedicated maternity pens here at my own home in Findon Valley. Our charity shop in South Street Tarring has also absorbed plenty of my (and my husband’s) time.
Christine Jones – Treasurer
In late 2016, my husband and I were delighted to welcome two little bundles of fun into our lives, adopted from WCWT.
Fast forward two years and I wondered if I could help the charity in any way and use my skills from when I was Finance Manager at an airport. I volunteered to take on the role of Treasurer and now have the privilege of working with a fabulous team who are both passionate and dedicated to the welfare of cats in our area.
Jackie Riddles – Welfare
I started with WCWT as a fosterer when it was first set up by Iris and Sandra. When the charity had their first shop in Worthing town centre, there was a vacancy for a Deputy Manager, so I applied and was given the job. I loved the challenge and eventually became Manager there.
I am now Welfare Officer. I meet lots of lovely people and I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes with re-homing a cat with a family in their ‘forever home’.
Iris Green – Co-Founder
WCWT was started in 1995 by Sandra Collins and myself after many years’ experience working with another cat charity. We didn’t do it on our own, because a number of other volunteers came with us including Carole, Tina and Sharon, who are all still with us today.
I was in the Chair until 2016 when I had to resign through ill health and was delighted when Sandra Collins took over the role, a natural successor. I continue to look after my cats in a pen and indoors, answer the phone and various other jobs connected with the charity, but not quite as much as I did before.
Catharine Duff – Secretary
My role as Secretary involves attending regular WCWT meetings, taking the minutes and distributing them, as well as the preparation of all agendas. I also liaise with folks who have rehomed our cats to maintain ongoing contact, encouraging them to become members where possible.
My involvement with WCWT started about five years ago. Our beloved black and white cat, Cleo, had died and the house felt very empty without her. We only lasted about a month before we took the decision to get another cat, or maybe even two!
Julie Stevens – Lost & Found
Having had cats since I was 5 years old and now having time on my hands, I’m enjoying the opportunity to help some of our furry friends. Since they have no voice themselves, I assist them in relocating their owners & ensuring the transition runs smoothly.
Mike Glennon – Marketing
Since joining WCWT in the summer of 2017, I have taken on the responsibility for promoting our charity via the local media, as well as the design and production of literature and organising external fund-raising events.
I very much enjoy this marketing work, as it plays very much to what I used to do in an earlier career (seemingly centuries ago!).
Abigail Corcoran-Green – Shop Manager
I am delighted to be the manager at the WCWT shop in South Street, Tarring, where we sell a wide range of good quality clothes, bric-a-brac and books at great prices. I love working there, as the team are extremely dedicated and friendly.
We all share a common goal; to raise as much money as possible to enable us to continue the essential work of the charity and, therefore, help as many cats as we possibly can.
Lucy Todd – Website Manager
I saw an article about WCWT in a local magazine in 2018, and they were asking for admin assistance so decided to see if I could be of any help.
I love cats, especially my gorgeous ginger tom, and am passionate about animal welfare so I think this is a very worthwhile use of my free time!