A charity animal hospital and rescue centre in India founded by a British veterinary nurse has raised more than £2,000 to support its work.

Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA), based in Rajasthan, India, raised the amount by holding a Holi Cabaret Night in London. Holi is an ancient Hindu Spring festival also known as the Festival of Colours.

More than 60 guests attended the cabaret, held at the Club for Acts and Actors in Covent Garden. They saw performances from acts including comedy band the Rudy Vees, as well as buying Indian textiles, jewellery and handicrafts. Henna tattoos and a raffle were also on offer.

During the evening, guests learnt more about TOLFA’s work through a speech by managing trustee Sue Bretherton. Following a visit to TOLFA’s hospital, Dr Bretherton gave up her career as a head teacher to train as a vet in order to help animals in India. Rachel Wright, the nurse who founded TOLFA in 2005, also addressed guests by video from India.

UK manager of TOLFA Clara Nowak said: “TOLFA’s team of local staff and international volunteers strives tirelessly to care for abandoned, sick and injured animals and to humanely control the stray dog population.

“Every day they care for more than 250 animals, many of which would have died under horrible circumstances on the streets had TOLFA not been there to rescue them. The team also runs free clinics for farmers and education programmes within schools and is involved with projects to eradicate rabies from the area.

“The level of suffering in the animal population is high and funds are always tight, so we’re so grateful to everyone who supported the cabaret. We all had a fantastic time and the presentations gave everyone a real insight into everyday life at the TOLFA hospital. Most guests were both laughing and crying by the end.”

Ms Nowak said the charity would be “delighted” to hear from any veterinary practices interested in raising awareness of our work or fundraising for TOLFA.

“Spreading the word and fundraising are so important and will enable the TOLFA team to continue its vital work,” she said.

Contact Clara Nowak at clara@tolfa.org.uk or on 07835 208529. Alternatively, visit www.tolfa.org.uk for more information.

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