Shawlands cat charity features on Lush body lotion pots

A Shawlands-based cat charity is featuring on cosmetic retailer Lush’s charity pots.

Ibiza Cats was set up in 2015 to help save the lives of stray felines on the Balearic island.

Southsider Lorraine Currie and her team spent two weeks in Ibiza in September rescuing cats after being backed by a £10,000 grant from Lush.

340 feral cats were rescued, with each of them being taken to the vet to be neutered.

Now the charity’s logo is being displayed in Lush stores on a body lotion pot.

Lorraine said: “I was shocked that such a big brand have chosen a small organisation like us to feature on their product.

“We’re extremely grateful that they’ve opted to support a young, start-up charity and recognised the need for abandoned cats to be neutered.

“We hope this will promote our charity but more importantly raise awareness of the needs for cats to be neutered to prevent overpopulation and illnesses caused by interbreeding.”

Lush was formed as a small independent retailer in Devon in 1995 and now trades from 820 stores in 50 countries.

Working specifically with organisations and campaigns championing environmental concerns, animal protection and human rights, last year the company donated £6.3m to charities worldwide.

Lush charitable giving manager Rebecca Lush Blum – who is also a freelance journalist and environmental and social justice campaigner – said: “We raise the funds we give away by selling a hand and body lotion called ‘charity pot’.

“All of the money paid by our customers for the product goes to grassroots campaign groups and charities like Ibiza Cats.

“This shows customers the types of groups we fund and gives these groups some extra exposure and publicity.

The charity pots are on sale in the shops in the run-up to Christmas.

Victoria Road’s Milk Cafe bakes Donald Trump cupcakes for anti-racism charity

Milk Café on Victoria Road is selling Donald Trump-themed cakes, with the proceeds going to anti-racism charity Hope Not Hate.

The cupcakes, which feature the US President-elect’s face in icing, were baked in defiance of Trump’s proposed policies on immigration.

Milk opened as a social enterprise café in June 2015, with the aim of integrating women from ethnic minorities into the local community.

Director Angela Ireland feels the cakes represent the café’s stance against rhetoric used by Donald Trump during his election campaign.

She said: “The cakes are a protest. Our café helps to welcome displaced female refugees into the neighbourhood.

“Donald Trump’s proposals on immigration and his treatment of women is worrying. Not just to people in the US, but all over the world.

“We believe everybody should be treated as equal, and we wanted to take a stand against Trump who clearly opposes this value.

“The cakes have been very successful, but many of our customers have made a donation without even taking a cake. They just want to be supportive of our campaign.”

After a photo of the cakes went viral on social media – the image was shared on Twitter and facebook by users around the world – the first batch sold out within 24 hours.

However, a spokesperson for campaign group Scots for Donald Trump attacked the café’s move.

They said: “Hope Not Hate are cultural Marxist cucks for failed global capitalism.

“Any café giving them money will probably be out of business in six months.”

The spokesperson refused to be named.

Hope Not Hate was set up in 2004 with the goal of challenging perceived fascist and racist political movements in the UK and further afield.

Hope Not Hate describe themselves as serving the anti-fascist movement
Hope Not Hate describe themselves as serving the anti-fascist movement. Credit: Hope Not Hate

Communications director for the charity, Nick Ryan, is grateful for the support from Milk Café.

He said: “Any support challenging hatred with a bit of humour (or cake!) is a wonderful idea!

“Some of Donald Trump’s statements, on building walls, creating a Muslim registry and attitudes towards women and minorities, are very concerning indeed.

“Obviously this is a time of rapid changes and many people are fearful of what might be ahead. Rest assured, organisations and campaigns like ours will fight for progressive values.”

Angela Ireland is unsure whether Milk will continue to bake the cakes, however she has pledged to continue generating publicity and donations for Hope Not Hate and its campaigns.