Dogs Trust holds inaugural Christmas Carol Concert

On Friday 15th December the vocal cords of guests and their dogs will be harmonising to raise much needed pounds for homeless hounds. The first ever Dogs Trust carol concert, held at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, will be raising awareness, and money, for dogs and their owners who are either homeless or in housing crisis.

Dogs Trust’s Hope Project has helped thousands of dogs and their owners with the costs of veterinary care and by encouraging more hostels and homeless organisations to accept dogs. Now in its 22nd year the Hope Project has grown from one solitary veterinary clinic in London to a nation-wide scheme offering help and support to homeless people and their dogs.

Says Clare Kivlehan, Head of Dogs Trust Outreach Projects:

“Every year we send out Christmas hampers for dogs and their owners who are experiencing housing crisis and this year we are set to send more than ever. This increase is reflective of the growing number of people who find themselves experiencing housing crisis. For those who have a four-legged best friend, the challenge to find a way out is even harder. With more people than ever to help we are incredibly grateful to St Paul’s Church for hosting us, and raising awareness and money for the Hope Project.”

The Hope project has worked tirelessly to provide support to dogs and their owners across the UK, as Clare explains:

We have worked hard to establish a network of homeless organisations across the country that accepts dogs and gets them and their owners off the streets, and we know that this has made a huge difference to the lives of many homeless dog owners. Since the project started in 1995 we have been able to help hundreds of dogs and their owners and we’re hoping that the pounds raised from our first ever carol concert will help us make an even bigger impact.”

The concert will be followed by drinks and festive nibbles in the courtyard and tickets are priced at £35 for adults, £10 for children and can be purchased from www.dogstrust.org.uk/carolconcert. Guest speakers on the night will include Nicolas Parsons, Freddie Fox and Robert Powell who will be delivering some Christmas readings.

To find out more about the Hope Project please visit www.moretodogstrust.org.uk.

Jeff Armstrong

Jeff Armstrong

Jeff Armstrong, is the Deputy Editor of Chelsea Monthly magazine. He has been with Chelsea Monthly for over 11 years.


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