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Napthens advises on charity expansion

A commercial property expert has advised the RSPCA charity on an expansion which has seen it open a new shop in Knott End.

The Blackpool & North Lancs branch of the charity is a self-funded and individually registered branch of the national RSPCA. It does not receive any funding from government and is totally reliant on donations, legacies, grants and fundraising.

The branch now runs five charity shops run by employed managers and a team of volunteers. The Knott End shop has opened its doors on Lancaster Road, thanks to advice from Gareth Birch, solicitor in the Commercial Property team at Lancashire law firm Napthens who negotiated the deal on behalf of the trustees.

Napthens has worked for the RSPCA branch for three years, advising on all property, employment law and HR issues.

The branch also operates an animal centre currently located on Division Lane in Blackpool. A replacement, state-of-the-art facility is being built in Stalmine, Over Wyre, to take in animals from national RSPCA inspectors or those with welfare concerns until they are found a new home.

Gareth Birch said: “The Blackpool & North Lancs branch of the RSPCA is an expanding and successful operation, and the Knott End shop will help the charity to continue to raise much-needed funds.

“As a charity entirely dependent on donations, it is shops like this and the volunteers that staff them which make all the difference.”

Martyn Tetchener, branch manager for the RSPCA, said: “Knott End is a great, busy location for us and marks the latest stage in our expansion.

“It is only with the support of the local community that we can continue to operate and do the work we are known for, and I’m proud of what we have been able to achieve in the area.”