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Animal Welfare Charities

Castle Vets Pet Healthcare Centre

1 Tilehurst Rd, Reading RG1 6NG, UK – 0118 957 4488

Quite easily one of the best vets I've used to date. The Castle Vets team are very professional, friendly and accomodating. I had to book in an emergency appointment as one of my pets unfortunately fell ill suddenly. Sadly, he had to be put to sleep due to a neurological condition, which was untreatable. The vets and receptionist team were fantastic, fitting us in last minute, which was very much appreciated.

It's so often the case that at times of sadness we see the best side of humanity: 1) Oz (our 15yo cat) was badly injured in a road accident at 5-30am in the morning, and our wonderfully kind neighbours leapt out of bed and drove him to Castle Vets. 2) Unfortunately, he was so badly injured that he had to be put down, but the professional, sensitive and empathetic way in which vet Christel van Veen explained the situation and help us make the choice was hugely appreciated by us all. She was obviously extremely technically capable, but just as important, a really nice and caring person - she even sent us a card of commiseration the next day containing sentiments that were so touching and so much appreciated by us all. I would recommend Castle Vets to anyone who cares for and loves animals.

Charities & Voluntary Organisations

Reading Voluntary Action

3rd Floor, Reading Central Library, Reading RG1 3BQ, UK – 0118 937 2273

Lovely place

You need an appointment to meet thei representative

The Conservation Volunteers

35-39 London St, Reading RG1 4PS, UK – 0118 956 8959

Great charity that organise volunteering days to help improve the local environment. Including tree planting and helping local community gardens.

Age UK Berkshire

Huntley House, 119 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, Reading RG1 4QA, UK – 0118 959 4242

The leading organisation for people in later life in Berkshire. An excellent range of services, support and products for older people. Highly recommended.

Charity Shops

Sue Ryder

119 Wokingham Rd, Reading RG6 1LH, UK – 0118 926 9844

Nice clean a lot of staf for few pounds

Nice place


9 Duke St, Reading RG1 4SA, UK

A wonderful place,truly worth a visit. A couple of warnings however. Firstly, the opening hours are not fixed. It is rather like one of those magical islands that emerge and disappear at irregular intervals. I suggest you ring in advance. Secondly, though most of its inhabitants are reasonably normal you are likely to come across those particular sort of middle-aged men who believe that washing is an affectation. Given this you should allow plenty of time for your visit as a tactical retreat may sometimes be necessary, particularly in the summer. It is also an excellent place to hear conspiracy theories. I still remember with affection the time I heard a complete exposition of the role of the Kennedys in the death of Monroe followed by a vigorous discussion on how many times Dr. Who could regenerate. Thoroughly recommended,not just for the music but also for the unique ambience.

An awesome store. Make you don't walk past!

Sue Ryder

6 Oxford Rd, Reading RG1 7QJ, UK – 0118 958 6277

I'm not a huge fan of this shop. I look for dvds, vinyl and books and have to be s little negative about the pricing on vinyl. They are somewhat optimistic on this and, perhaps, consequently, seem to have a poor turnover.