Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick becomes Patron of TOLFA

Lord Hastings Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE has joined TOLFA, an animal hospital based in Rajasthan, India, founded by a British veterinary nurse, as a new Patron.  Lord Hastings, who has family roots in India, is KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship and has led the World Economic Forum’s work on The Future of Civil Society.  In his role as Patron, he will bring to TOLFA his considerable skills and expertise in pursuing  global justice and his passion for animal welfare.

Lord Hastings is Vice President of UNICEF and patron of Free the Children UK.  An independent peer to the House of Lords, he was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to crime prevention.  In 2014 he received a Doctorate in Civil Law for his life commitment to development and justice.  TOLFA, a UK registered charity, aims to relieve the suffering of street animals by providing rescue, veterinary care and animal welfare education in the local area.  Founded by veterinary nurse Rachel Wright in 2005, the TOLFA hospital has treated more than 75,000 animals since it opened its doors with its team of veterinary staff and nurturing volunteers now rescuing, treating, neutering and vaccinating more than 300 animals daily.


Commenting on his new role, Lord Hastings said:  “I am honoured to support the work of TOLFA and its team of remarkable and highly committed individuals, which is making such a difference to the lives of animals and people in India.


“The love, compassion and care that TOLFA is spreading in the country that I have such deep affection for is inspiring and I look forward to supporting its work and helping it to achieve the ambitious goals it has set itself for the next ten years.”


Rachel Wright added:  “Lord Hastings’ history of service to charities, his understanding of their work and his knowledge of the corporate world will all be of immeasurable benefit as we launch into a decade of expansion.  During the next ten years we hope to extend our hospital , expand  our education and awareness work and , if we can, open a second  hospital in Rajasthan. It will be exciting but also challenging as we work to raise the funds to help us deliver on our vision.   We are thrilled and delighted that Lord Hastings has chosen to support us and look forward to working with him.”