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Welcome to
The Kit Wilson Trust
For Animal Welfare

At the KWT we rescue and re-home unwanted animals, mainly cats and dogs, and have a wildlife rehabilitation programme and emergency help line.

The Trust's Rescue Centre is also home to horses, donkeys, cats, goats, birds and small mammals where, in the interest of their welfare, they remain in our care.


The Trust was established in 1975 when Katherine Wilson (always known as 'Kit'), a well known cat show judge and campaigner for animal welfare, left a small legacy to be used for the benefit of animals.

A cornerstone of the Trust's founding policy then, as now, was to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. The need for the Trust's work in rescuing and re-homing unwanted cats and dogs would be greatly reduced if there were fewer kittens and puppies being born. Animals rescued by the Trust are the lucky ones - thousands of unwanted pets are destroyed every year by other organisations and authorities.


From a modest beginning the Trust has grown and in 1986 set up its own Animal Rescue Centre in Hadlow Down, near Uckfield, in East Sussex.

In addition to the animal rescue and re-homing work, the Trust has become increasingly involved in wildlife rehabilitation and operates a wildlife emergency help line.

Over the years, the Rescue Centre has also become a permanent home to many animals that it is not possible or desirable to re-home; these include horses, donkeys, cats, goats, birds and small mammals.


The Trustees give their time on a voluntary basis, including the Chairman who has overall responsibility for animal welfare, the organisation of the Rescue Centre, its staff and volunteers.

Funds are raised mainly through local supporters' groups, individual donations, legacies, animal sponsors and our Charity Shops.

We receive no Local Authority,Government or Lottery funding, relying on our supporters to continue our work.

Dates for your diary

Sunday 12th June
Stall at Hawkhurst ‘Fair on the Moor’ (TN18 4NX) 
12 - 5pm A lovely family day out.

Saturday 18th June
Stall at Mill View Summer Fayre, Dunnings Road, 
11 - 3pm East Grinstead RH19 4QW 
 A popular event with lots going on for all the family.

Saturday 25th
June Stall at Hadlow Down Village Fayre (TN22 4HS) 
1 – 5pm Dog Show & lots going on for everyone.

Saturday 23rd July
Coffee Morning, Polegate Com. Centre (BN26 6QF) 
10 – 12 noon Enjoy a coffee, have a go on the tombola and support KWT!

Sat. 30th July
Stall at Ashley Garden Care Home, 
1 - Willoughby Crescent, Eastbourne BN22 8RA 
 Meet the Mayor of Eastbourne and support KWT at this popular event

Sat. 30th July
Fund Raising in ‘The Lounge’ 14 Hanover Court, 
12 - Rodmill Road, Eastbourne, BN21 2PT
 Join Pam & Alan for a cup of tea & browse for a useful bargain or two!

Sat.16th /Sun.17th July
‘Mays Terracotta’, Horam Manor Farm. (TN21 0JB)
10 - Come along and try your luck on the raffle, enjoy a cup of tea and find something special for your garden!

Saturday 3rd September
Stall at Crawley Down Village Fayre (RH10 4TX) 
2 - 5.00pm Fun day out for the children with Fancy Dress Competition 

Sunday 11th September
KWT Sponsored Dog Walk 
registration 10 – 11am – starts at Pylons Car Park (TN22 3JB)

Saturday 29th October
Sheila & Angie’s Christmas Sale & Café @ Drumrunie
10 - 4pm Upper Greenwoods Lane, Punnets Town, (TN21 9HT) 
 Hand crafted gifts, homemade cakes & many other items.
Saturday 3rd December
Bingo @ British Legion Hall, Hawkhurst (TN18 4AG) 7.30pm Very popular and enjoyable evening!

Sunday 11th December
Animal Charities Christmas Fair
10 – 4pm Hailsham Community Centre
 Come along, support KWT and a large number of other animal charities!

This is Karen Adams

Karen is proudly displaying her certificate of thanks from the Kit Wilson Trust for running Brighton Marathon in April this year, covering 26.2 miles and raising £324 for the animals in our care. Thank you again Karen.

Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank generously supports their employees, past and present, with any fundraising carried out under their ‘Matched Fundraising’ programme. Tony Comber recently held a Barclays Pensioners Coffee Morning and raised an amazing amount of £492, which Barclays will now ‘match’, therefore making a total amount of £984 for the animals at the Centre! Our sincere thanks to all.

Fundraising News

Received with many thanks to "Support Adoption for Pets", The Santa Paws Fundraising Appeal and the staff and customers at Pets at Home in Crawley.
Even she cannot believe the amount raised for us - £1402.22

Christmas Food Appeal

Just some of the very kind donations coming in through the Rescue Centre doors this Christmas, thank you so much for remembering the animals

A Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered in England and Wales,
Company No. 07690478
Registered Charity No. 1143338

Registered Office

Animal Rescue Centre
Stonehurst Lane
Hadlow Down
East Sussex
TN22 4ED


-Dogs in need of new homes

-Cats in need of new homes

-Other animals in need of new homes

-Animal Sponsorship

For all enquiries and particularly for all animal enquiries - 9am - 5pm daily. Telephone:- 01825 830444

Wildlife Emergency : 01825 830735

This is for non animal contact only please