Box work helps SPCA

JARED NICOLL
Last updated 09:44 14/08/2012
Phil Chandler

Handy work: Picton Men’s Shed member Phil Chandler with one of the donation boxes he put up at the Marlborough SPCA.

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A Picton man has made donation boxes for the Marlborough SPCA to help boost the animal centre's funding.

Picton Men's Shed member Phil Chandler made and donated three wooden boxes to the Marlborough SPCA last week which will help the animal care centre collect the cash it needs to stay afloat.

Mr Chandler said he did the work on behalf of the men's shed after receiving a request for the boxes from Rural Education Activities Programme Marlborough community education officer Ailsa Carey.

"She sent us a letter asking could we do this, it wasn't a big ask, just putting together bits and pieces of plywood."

The creation of the shed was kick-started four years ago by REAP Marlborough but is able to operate independently thanks to a growing membership, private donations and grants from charity groups.

Mr Chandler, six years retired, was a carpet joiner by trade but spent 38 years working on waterfronts around Marlborough, first for the harbour board then for Port Marlborough.

He worked on projects along the coastline from French Pass in the northwest Marlborough Sounds to Kaikoura.

Workmen were flown to work at French Pass on a float plane because the 20-minute flight from Picton was faster than a five-hour drive and cheaper because it meant staff spent more time working, he said.

Marlborough SPCA office manager Kate Horrey said Mr Chandler took on the request in July and put up the finished boxes last week.

He did an "amazing job" and the boxes would help the centre get the funds it needed to continue to help animals in Marlborough, she said.

"A lot of people like to visit the SPCA and we want to encourage them to leave a donation so it can keep going.

"They're just to remind people that we really do need their support and all the coins do add up."

The centre had donation boxes inside but none near the outdoor cages.

They will be padlocked and emptied each night.

The Marlborough SPCA took on 27 cats and four dogs from Picton last year.

The animal centre re-homed 24 cats and eight dogs to Picton owners in the same period.

Picton Men's Shed members will turn their attention to building a ramp for the Picton Toy Library to allow easier access for push chairs.

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- The Marlborough Express

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