Hounds for Heroes at Crufts
Crufts gives us a wonderful opportunity to meet and raise awareness of the charity with Labrador and Golden Retriever breeders, dog clubs, associations and other supporters from the dog-loving world. Throughout our four days at Crufts we were proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with nurses from the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (operational) and naval officer trainees from Birmingham University’s Royal Naval Unit who both volunteered to help man the Hounds for Heroes stand.
At Crufts we also had the opportunity to meet fundraisers and organise photoshoots to thank them publicly when they presented their cheques. These occasions were made more poignant by the presence of the voluntary military personnel. As always, we were humbled by the enthusiasm and warmth shown by the public.
Some of our supporters we met at Crufts...
Aquavets Hydrotherapy kindly held a Swimathon in July at their centre in Sheffield. Anne and Lisa came to say hello to the team and present the charity with a cheque of £920.50. Thank you to all those that took part in the Swimathon, both two and four legged.
Photo courtesy of Ian Morrison from Dogstar Photos
Resplendent in red
One of our highlights at Crufts is the visit from the Chelsea Pensioners to our stand and this year was no exception. Some of the best military banter was heard amongst the service generations on the Hounds for Heroes stand. We salute you all.
Heroes by name, Heroes by nature
We were delighted to be visited by former Paratrooper, Ben Parkinson who tragically lost both legs and suffered brain injuries after driving over a mine in Afghanistan. Ben took time out of his busy schedule to meet his fellow Service colleges and the Hounds for Heroes team.
Inner Wolf Flyball Team
We were pleased to see the Inner Wolf Flyball Team who came to visit us at Crufts. The great team has adopted Hounds for Heroes as their charity of the year and will be conducting fundraising events throughout the year. It was great to see you and thanks for picking us as your charity.
Oakhill Veterinary Group
Janet Fox the Practice Manager of Oakhill Veterinary Group has been fundamental in raising an impressive £1,255.07 for Hounds for Heroes. She came to Crufts to present the cheque and here she is pictured holding the cheque with our military volunteers and the Hounds Team.
Saturday champagne winner
The champagne winner today was number 44, Mr Adams. Congratulations!
Kernow Veterinary Group
Kernow Veterinary Group have been raising funds for Hounds for Heroes. Today we met our friends who have raised an amazing £2,741.22 through a number of fund-raising events.
Pictured back row left-right: Fiona French, Jade Trevenna, Carol Reynolds, Sarah Fry, Kate Zelenayova and Sheila. Front row: Lexi, Wren, EJ, Allen and Rookie.
Bucks New University
Kelly Webb and Amy Robinson from Bucks New University are helping Hounds for Heroes today. Kelly and Amy are using the charity as part of their Enterprise Project to look at better ways of marketing Hounds for Heroes.
Banbridge High School
We were lucky enough to be visited by Chloe and Marilyn, from Banbridge High School, Northern Ireland. Chloe, and her team, have spent a number of years raised funds for Hounds for Heroes. The current total raised is a magnificent £6,000.10.
Our team for day two
Today’s reinforcements on parade, Hall 1, Stand 58.
Left to right:
Navy, O/C Jeremy Scott and O/C Laurence Gard
Army, Pte Lily Booth-Davis, Sgt Lou Andrews, LCpl Kelly-Marie Hodgson, LCpl Steven Walford, Pte Lilith Holdsworth, Pte Hunt – Department of Healthcare Education, Birmingham City University
Wren , EJ, Allen and Rookie and Ravinder in the centre