CHRISTMAS APPEAL

We entered into this year not knowing what we would face. We faced a pandemic which has been horrific; no words can bring comfort to those who have lost loved ones and those who have suffered. Our charity doors have remained open, trying to bring comfort to all those that seek solace from our canine friends. The ethos of our charity is that we will always be here to provide support, care, and understanding to all.

The spectrum of our support is very wide; we visit all those in need of release of their environmental stress. It could be that a patient in a secure establishment needs comfort, those who are faced with mental unrest need support, a child needs reassurance with their reading, or a loved one in a care home is needing love and companionship. Our doors are always open to give this support.

We cover all these needs with our dedicated team of volunteers, who give up their valuable time for our charity. Our basic membership fees for these wonderful volunteers (to help pay towards their insurance and support) have always been kept low, leaving our doors open to those that may have limited income. Their support does not come at a price, as there is no price for an act of kindest from our charity, but we still do have to find necessary financial support from the public.

This Christmas, we ask for your help to enable us to continue our charity’s essential activities. We do understand that we are all faced with financial challenges, but our aim is to be here in the years to come to continue providing the support that so many have benefited from over the last 30 years.

If you can donate to us, with what you can afford at this festive time, it would be so gratefully appreciated to help protect, preserve and guarantee the future of our charity.

Thank you.

Take part in our sponsored challenge to raise funds for Canine Concern

To take part in our fundraising challenge, all you need to do is dream up an activity based around the numbers 3, 3.3 or 33 which suits your own skills and interests, whilst raising funds for our charity, Canine Concern.

This can be achieved by either getting your family and friends involved by asking them to sponsor your challenge, or just by making a donation yourself whilst having some fun along the way.

100 year old veteran, Sir Captain Tom, started his amazing challenge at the beginning of lockdown to walk 100 times around his garden, a target that was chosen as it represented his age. Many others have since followed his example and raised money to help needy causes through their own challenges.

Now, Canine Concern invites you to take part in our very own unprecedented challenge, which we hope will help keep you occupied during this lockdown and prepare you for a Christmas which might be different, but still exciting and caring.

Our charity was founded by Eve Waring in February 1988, who gave herself the challenge of setting up a supportive group of volunteers and their dogs, which means that in February 2021 our charity will have been helping people for 33 years. (Which is why we decided to use variations of the figure 33 in our challenge…)

Our campaign is open to anyone of any age, whether a member, friend, relative or maybe someone who has benefitted from our work. The only requirement is that the activity must follow the current Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Then just go to our justgiving page when you are ready to start.

In times of lockdown and uncertainty, giving yourself a challenge is a useful coping mechanism, and although this is essentially a fundraising activity, please don’t feel you need to donate. If your finances are tight at the moment, we quite understand, so just enjoy your challenge. The importance of this activity is to have fun! We want you to challenge yourself mentally or physically, to help get through these crazy times.

We send festive greetings to you and your loved ones, and gratitude to our members and all that support us. Please take care and we look forward to hearing about your personal challenges involving the number 3, 3.3 or 33!