New Lymington charity shop opened in tribute to cat rescue founder
LYMINGTON Cat and Kitten Rescue has celebrated the opening of its new charity shop in memory of founder Janette Frankland.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by Janette’s husband Terry, in front of friends, family and guests who gathered outside the store in the High Street.
Terry said: “She would have been so proud of this opening and I didn’t think I could do her justice by opening it, she was a lovely woman.”
Duncan Frankland, her brother said: “I am amazed Janette has built up such a community with the cat rescue and I am very proud of her.”
The charity was established in 1980 by Janette at her semi-detached home where she was backed by a small band of helpers.
They now have a shelter which is able to support 50 cats before they are re-homed and charity stores in Milford and New Milton.
It was always Janette’s dream to have a shop in Lymington; however, she passed away in 2017 after battling cancer before it could become a reality.
Jon Hancock, the charity’s co-manager and treasurer said: “I want to thank our dear Janette who is our founder, mentor and our inspiration.
“It was always Jan’s ambition to have a shop in Lymington itself and her energy and vision has made all this possible. I hope we have done her justice.
“The charity had very small beginnings and it feels amazing to have finally done it. I am incredibly proud of all our friends and colleagues.”
Co-manager Theresa Foot said: “If you had seen the shop a week ago, you would have thought the opening wouldn’t be happening, but Janette’s dream just all fell into place.”