In the 1930’s Miss M RaymondeHawkins purchased a cottage with a small patch of land just outside of Lewes in East Sussex. She was a pioneer with a deep compassion for animals, who couldn’t tolerate animal cruelty and suffering. Over the years many more have been inspired by her work, growing the organisation to what it is currently.

Miss Raymonde-Hawkins and her friends made it their mission to stand up for animals experiencing neglect, abandonment and abuse. We doubt that she could have guessed that from such humble beginnings Raystede would grow in to the wonderful site and visitor destination that exists today.

Raystede’s volunteers make the centre what it is, providing resources to rescue and care for animals in need. Friends of the centre are some of its most passionate supporters, who care for animals as deeply as the Raystede team does. Together they fight back against animal cruelty and speak for the animals who can’t speak for themselves.

Today the site covers 43 acres, where they care for over 2000 animals a year, rehoming over 1000 animals and providing sanctuary to even more. They even have a dedicated charity shop where you can bag a bargain and a cafe where our staff bake fresh cakes every day.

This is where we come in: JFTW is welcoming Raystede to our convention to raise funds so they can continue their hard work. As well as all the donations from you guys across all three days, they will be running events and we will be holding a Charity Art Auction for you to get hold of lovely art for a good cause.

You can find out more about this years charity here: