There has been consternation amongst the Officers Committee and Members that English Setter Association Rescue (ESRA) is moving away from the premise for which it was originally set up.
In those early days when ES were much more prevalent than today, the ESA set up ESRA to deal with the many rescue cases that, unfortunately, result when a breed is very popular. After a while it became a charity and for many years was run under the guidance of ESA Members who had first hand experience of our breed. At that point it was no longer under the umbrella of the ESA and although we worked closely with those involved, we had no jurisdiction over how the rescue was run.
Recently there has been a lot of disruption within ESRA and although we have tried to support the present Trustees, none of whom are ESA members, they have made it very clear they do not need or want our input.
We have a wealth of experience within our present committee, but more importantly we have the expertise of Fran Grimsdell who for many years was a Trustee and co-ordinator of ESRA. Fran who resigned from ESRA has agreed to be Co-ordinator of ESAW and will work closely with the Officers & Committee to ensure the safe rehoming and welfare issues of vulnerable English Setters. ESAW also pledges to help any owners who may be experiencing difficulties managing their circumstances and can speak in total confidence to Fran or the Officers of the ESA.
The Code of Practise for this venture which may need tweaking as time goes can be seen by clicking this link:- ESAW CODE OF PRACTICE
Over the years many members of the Association have very generously donated to the rescue. We are now asking you to support ESAW in the same way. This venture needs a strong financial framework to succeed and more importantly ensure English Setter Welfare has the means to establish a viable service for any owners who find they are in difficulties. We are hoping that in time we can apply for Charity Status, but we have to have an annual income of at least £5000 before we can embark on that route. All accounts and reports will be presented at our AGM in future with a full update of progress. If and when we become a Charity, the ESA Officers and the Co-ordinator will be Trustees.
The Treasurer has set up a separate bank account for ESAW and details are as follows:-Cheques made payable to English Setter Association Welfare and sent to the Treasurer
Mrs Val Isherwood, Level Gate, St. Johns Chapel, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL13 1RB
or paid directly using the following:-
Sort Code 30-90-09 and Account No. 53907960 or for an annual payment download ESAW standing order form, click STO
Fran Grimsdell, ESAW Co-ordinator can be contacted on Tel. 01953483536, Mob. 07879827439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org