FINCA LA Castellana Animal Welfare Centre (Finca la Castellana) in San Miguel de Salinas welcomed a special guest on Tuesday as Kim Taylforth, English actress and sister of actress Gillian Taylforth paid a visit.
Best known for her roles as Sharon Ingram on the Five soap opera Family Affairs and Marilyn Fenner on ITV’s Bad Girls, Kim is currently appearing as Aunt Christine, in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, as the sister of Sandy Roscoe, played sister Gillian.
Kim enjoyed a tour of the finca, meeting its residents including 72 dogs, 69 cats and 50 something other animals including birds and horses!
She took a particular shine to German Shepherd ‘Marco Polo’ – who is excitedly completing his adoption paperwork in the name of ‘Marco Polo Taylforth’ as he prepares to fly back to England with her.
Kim’s earliest TV appearance was in the scrapyard sitcom, Steptoe and Son, when she was 15 years old. Aged 19, she starred as ‘Janet’ in the 1979 TV film The Knowledge with Mick Ford and Nigel Hawthorne before appearing with sister Gillian, in 1982, on the children’s TV show On Safari and in the 1983 Minder episode ‘Senior Citizen Caine’.
She took a break from acting to pursue a career in the Metropolitan Police from 1984 to 1996.
As her tour came to an end, Kim – an animal lover who has taken part in many animal awareness campaigns – delightedly accepted the position of patron of the charity and left a very special message to all at the finca: ‘What an amazing experience visiting the Finca today. I was blown away be the dedication and work done by the workers and volunteers. All the animals were so happy, calm and peaceful which speaks volumes. I’m delighted and honoured to be patron of this wonderful charity. Xx’
After saying her goodbyes, Kim headed straight to Sunshine FM where she spoke about the dangers dogs face in the hot weather.
Finca la Castellana is a registered charity committed to the welfare of animals in need.
At the finca, animals are taken in and provided with any veterinary care they might need by Eduardo’s Pets Veterinary Practice, along with love, care and routine and very often adopted.
The work of Finca la Castellana is not limited to the day-to-day running of the finca – which costs some €3,000 a month.
They work together with the Guardia Civil and the Policia Local to combat animal cruelty in the area and even provide blood donors to Eduardos Pets in emergency situations.
For more information, follow Finca la Castella Animal Welfare on Facebook, check out www.fincalacastellana.org or contact Janette – 610 451 133.