My more recent memories of Sylvia and Ian are closer to home, which for me is Normandy in France. ASCA runs a neutering programme for stray and feral cats in the town of Les Andelys and its surrounding communes. Sylvia and Ian have stayed with me on several occasions. We visited the local sights which include Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny and Richard the Lionheart’s castle overlooking the River Seine. A highlight of their visits was to meet our local vets and especially the families who foster cats and kittens prior to adoption. Their eyes would light up as they were handed rescued kittens for cuddles.
As you can see the list of animal welfare charities attracting their attention and support is already long. Additions to the list comprise the Cat Action Trust, The Donkey Sanctuary, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the PDSA. There are representatives from some of these organisations here today, many having travelled a long way, to pay their respects.
Thank you for listening to my personal – and necessarily brief – overview of the major and ongoing contribution of the Trust set up by Sylvia and Ian Keith to improve the quality of life of many thousands of animals in the UK and overseas. We – and the animals – are indebted to them.
Kate Horne, former Chairman, SNIP International