Assisi has been renamed Together For Animals.

Named after St Francis of Assisi — the patron saint of animals — the consortium of animal charities aims to raise funds for animals in need, both in the UK and overseas.

For the past 20 years Assisi has raised vital funds through payroll giving for World Horse Welfare, Blue Cross, Animal Health Trust, SPANA and The Mayhew Animal Home — with all funds being equally distributed between the five charities.

The consortium has more than 5,000 members who all regularly donate through payroll giving, raising more than £250,000 a year.

Payroll giving, or “give as your earn”, is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give tax-free to charities on a regular basis.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary of helping animals in need, the charity is changing its name to make the objective clearer.

“Reaching 20 years of helping animals in need is a fantastic achievement for us,” said Lucy Warnes of Together for Animals. “By supporting five leading charities that each help thousands of animals every year, it is impossible to contemplate just how many animal’s lives we’ve been able to change.

The feedback indicated that the name Assisi no longer resonated and didn’t clearly communicate what we stand for. In order to continue our vital work, and inspire more people to support us, we decided to choose a new name that instantly gets our message across.”

For more information visit: www.togetherforanimals.org.uk