Tributes to ‘kind’ animal charity fundraiser Bessie

Bessie Moffett. INNT 41-100-CON
Bessie Moffett. INNT 41-100-CON

Tributes have been paid to a “selfless and popular” animal charity fundraiser.

Bessie Moffett, who ran the Newtownabbey Animal Welfare Shop in Monkstown, passed away last month after a battle with cancer.

Former colleagues and friends of the 66-year-old expressed sadness at her death and highlighted the generous nature of her work.

Bessie became well-known among animal sanctuaries across Northern Ireland after raising thousands of pounds at her thrift shop.

Through her fundraising activities she helped a number of centres including the Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary and Bright Eyes.

She managed the store at Abbeytown Square for 10 years.

Friend Kathleen Williamson said Bessie was extremely caring and would be sorely missed. She added: “Bessie spent many years raising funds for unfortunate and sick animals. No matter where they came from she was straight in there to help people and their beloved animals.

“With help from many people, Bessie raised thousands of pounds for the cause.

“Lots of animal sanctuaries and people of Northern Ireland just had to call on her and she would always help fund their cause.

“Even until September, when she was a victim of cancer, she never gave thought to herself, only to what she could do to help a poor animal in need. Bessie will be sadly missed by animal sanctuaries everywhere. She was a lovely person, king and giving.”

Bessie leaves behind her son Don, daughter Lesley and partner Frank.