North Clwyd Animal Rescue to open café in memory of generous donor


Amy Sargeson

A cafÉ will be opening next week in memory of a generous woman who left more than £36,000 in her will to an animal rescue centre.

Doris Davies, who once served tea to secret agents in World War Two, left money in her will to North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR) to say thank you for the pet dogs she adopted from them.

A cheque was presented to staff at the centre last year by the 95-year-old’s twin grandsons, Glynn and David.

NCAR, based in Trelogan, has been building a new café over the past few months with the money donated by Mrs Davies, from Kimmel Bay, and have announced it will be named Doris’ Bunker in memory of the generous animal lover.

Nicky Owen Ford, fundraising manager at NCAR, said: “We are so excited about the café and we can’t wait for it to be open. We’re hoping it is going to be a great success.

“It was amazing and so lovely to meet Doris’ family. When we discussed her donation and what the project could be with her grandsons we came up with the café idea and they were absolutely over the moon.

“It’s an ongoing legacy for Doris and her family. They said when they come up to North Wales they can sit in the café and remember their gran.”

As reported in the Leader last year, Glynn Davies, a firefighter, and his brother David, an HGV driver, only found out that Mrs Davies was their grandmother three years ago.

The 45-year-old identical twins, from Ludlow, Shropshire, discovered she had once worked at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the central site for Britain’s codebreakers during World War Two, who famously decrypted the German Enigma machine.

Doris, who died in June 2015, left £140,000 to her chosen beneficiaries, which included the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, NCAR and Kinmel Bay Church, of which she had been a member for almost 60 years.

The brothers delivered all of her cheques in person to find out more about their grandmother’s legacies.

Glynn said: “This lady gave to everybody. She was very humble and had her friends around her. All she needed was love and her faith, and that’s all she wanted. She had copious amounts of that.

“She had her dogs, an Irish terrier and a poodle, which she got from the rescue home. No amount of words can describe how we feel about the fact our children met her. I just wish we had longer.

“David and I are so glad we made the last two-and-a-half years of her life the happiest she had ever had.

“She got to meet her great-grandchildren. She met all the family in one room at the same time. You would think that lady had won the pools.

“She left a massive impression on people. She was quite a character.”

Doris’ Bunker will be officially opened on Tuesday with a Grand Opening Day for all to attend to join in with the celebration.

Rubicon Garden Rooms, based in Deeside, were chosen to build the new café, which will be serving refreshments to the NCAR staff and volunteers, as well as visitors looking to adopt a new pet.

It will also be used for training sessions and fundraising events.

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