Rosegreen 4 Cats, Supporting AMIS – Domestic Abuse Support in Scotland

Each year at Rosegreen 4 Cats we choose a local or national charity to support. This year we chose to support AMIS – Scottish Domestic Abuse Support an organisation dealing with the silenced victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse often failed by Police, Scottish Government and Local Authorities. We believe that all Scottish victims of violence and abuse should have access to sufficient funds, support and policy’s that are based on equality of provision. (The Office of National Statistics figures report that over 45% of reported domestic abuse victims are men, in spite off having little or no support, due to lack of funding and discrimination within Scottish Government Policy which is based on the theory that all men are perpetrators therefore cant be victims ).

More than half of DVA victims remain silenced because Scottish Government policy is dominated and influenced by ideological lobbying groups who receive as much as 100 million pounds with many of its senior staff on six figure salaries and expenses placing their own ideology and self interest ahead of supporting ALL victims. There are less than a handful off refuge spaces available to male victims of DVA in Scotland and even these will not always take children fleeing with there father leaving them at further risk off being left with the perpetrator who is often their mother. Help provide support if you can and help save some of the 14 men who die everyday in the UK  feeling alone with no where to turn to for support and fearing for their children  Please Donate Here

AMIS is a non-profit organisation established in 2010 to address the gap domestic abuse  in service provision for men experiencing domestic abuse. It provides direct support to men experiencing domestic abuse, as well as helping to improve mainstream service responses and campaigning for further inclusion of male victims in the wider narrative on domestic abuse. AMIS  is the only organisation in Scotland dedicated to this cause.

Mark – Owner Rosegreen 4 Cats

amisI want to make a difference. I’m inspired by the work that AMIS do helping families and children, so I wanted to raise money for them by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’  link. The more people that know about AMIS, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to me, my kids and others.


Rosegreen 4 Cats Owner – Mark “I’m Abseiling Of The Forth Rail Bridge”

Hi everyone I am raising money for children 1st. The abseil takes place on 21 June 2015 a few days after my late father’s birthday, and is a 165 foot SAS-style abseil from the Forth Rail Bridge to the beach below on the southern side of the bridge. Not looking forward to it as I am not keen on heights, however with your support I will be there. Please share on your page or follow the link and donate if you can? Every bit helps kids and families xx

Mark Welsh – Owner Rosegreen 4 Cats

64293_10205844850174950_6664894198833499781_n I want to make a difference. I’m inspired by the work that CHILDREN 1ST do, so I wanted to raise money for them by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’  link. The more people that know about CHILDREN 1ST, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to me, my kids and others.


Feline Fungus – New Species Identified

( —A new species of fungus that causes life-threatening infections in humans and cats has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher.

afelinefungu“This all originated from spotting an unusual fungal infection in three cats I was seeing at the University’s cat treatment centre in 2006,” said Dr Vanessa Barrs, from the University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, whose findings have just been published in PLOS One.

“These cats presented with a tumour-like growth in one of their eye sockets, that had spread there from the nasal cavity. The fungal spores are inhaled and in susceptible cats they establish a life-threatening infection that is very difficult to treat.”

Six years of investigation followed, including working with some of the world’s leading fungal experts at the CBS-KNAW fungal biodiversity centre in The Netherlands.

“Finally I was able to confirm this as a completely new species, Aspergillus felis, which can cause virulent disease in humans and cats by infecting their respiratory tract. We were able to demonstrate that this was a new species of fungus on a molecular and reproductive level and in terms of its form.

“Similar to the closely related fungus Aspergillus fumigates, this new species of fungus can reproduce both asexually and sexually – and we discovered both phases of the fungus.”

Since the first sighting of the new species, more than 20 sick domestic cats from around Australia and one cat from the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with the fungus.

The fungus appears to infect otherwise healthy cats but in the two humans identified it attacked an already highly compromised immune system.

The disease is not passed between humans and cats but its study in cats will not only help their treatment but provide a good model for the study of the disease in people. There is only a 15 percent survival rate of cats with the disease and it has so far proved fatal in humans. To date only one case has been identified in a dog.

“We are right at the start of recognising the diseases caused by this fungus in animals and humans. The number of cases may be increasing in frequency or it may just be we are getting better at recognising them,” Dr Barrs said.

“Fungi like Aspergillus felis can be easily misidentified as the closely related fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, which is a well-studied cause of disease in humans. However, A. felis is intrinsically more resistant to antifungal drugs than A. fumigatus and this has important implications for therapy and prognosis.”

The next step for Dr Barrs and her team is studying fungi in culture collections throughout Australia to determine the prevalence of A. felis infections in people with previously diagnosed aspergillosis. They will collaborate with researchers at the Westmead Millenium Institute for Medical Research.

Rosegreen 4 owner Mark Welsh MCMI says ” Its re assuring to see that feline medicine is at the forefront of research around the world.

This is a reminder why standards of disinfection and barrier nursing need to be a priority for all pet boarding providers, whether  a veterinary surgery, boarding establishment or home boarder. When caring for other peoples pets you can never be too careful and should always be using quality licensed veterinary disinfectants in premises.”

Edinburgh Bupa Run – Mark Welsh – Support Meningitis Now – Jan 2014

Meningitious Now

Many of you will already know that I was admitted to Hospital by Ambulance in July 2011 unconscious with Suspected Meningitis .

I don’t remember any of the first 24 hrs but I know from the A&E team in the resuscitation room that they put me on life support and that there several people involved in trying to keep me alive and stabilise me.

I want to try and raise some money and support those who have suffered with Meningitis and their families  in some way if possible.  No individual or family should have to face such trauma and anguish alone watching helplessly a loved one with this illness.

When I left hospital 3 weeks later the first thing I did was head to my youngest child’s childminder’s house, as I left the car I was determined he would not see me walking with sticks. I fell flat on my face…  I picked myself up and realised things were not going to be the same for a while…. .2 yrs on and although my children are closer with me than ever before, unfortunately my marriage did not survive.    I was suffering from severe fatigue and unable to work the long hours, look after the kids, large house and gardens as I had always done.

My wife met up through Facebook with an ex boyfriend,  I was struggling to meet her demands on our relationship and the endless criticism lowered my self esteem further. When she told me she couldn’t spend her life looking after someone unwell, I felt I was to blame for being tired all the time.    Within a week and just before our 20th wedding anniversary my wife walked in and announced it was over. It would take a year before I would realise she had someone else that she texted as much as 70 times every day and phoned minutes before we broke up. ……..I lost a lot during my illness and recovery I had my fair share of frustration, pain, hurt and heartache and although I have greatly recovered I will always suffer from fatigue. I would never want someone to go through what I did. I was lucky I had some support from my two kids, family and friends. 

  …… I’m now running 5 k twice a week……. its hard going but I’m determined to raise some money for charity and raise awareness of this terrible illness. I hope that I can in some small way help families understand that things may never be the same, but they can be good and fighting to survive and recover is worth it. They can get through this with support, understanding and counselling. I’m focused on getting fit and healthier again supporting my two kids as they grow up, trying to achieve something positive out of my experience and not let my illness define me or my future. Its taken enough already.  

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