Kennel Club campaign raises £228,000 for Ukraine
In response to the tragedy in Ukraine, in early March, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and The Kennel Club launched a fundraising campaign to support dogs and their owners affected by the conflict. Supported by two donations of £25,000, one from the Kennel Club and the other from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the campaign raised £120,000 when Crufts ended on March 13.
Since then, gifts have continued to pour in from dog lovers across the UK. From breed clubs and dog shows to dog grooming salons, schools, community groups and dog-loving people who want to help, there has been a huge outpouring of support. Support was also provided by dog show championships, dog show committees and societies who between them donated over £15,000 to the appeal.
The campaign received a boost last week with a donation of $100,000 (about £76,000) from philanthropists and long-time Trust supporters Vernon and Shirley Hill. Mr Hill said: “As dog owners ourselves, to our beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Sir Duffield, we are heartbroken to see the terrible images of dogs and their owners escaping the terrors in Ukraine – images that show that in the midst of the worst times, the love and loyalty people feel for their pets endures. We want to make a difference and try to support dogs and their owners during this difficult time, and we encourage others to join us.
The Trust’s Ukraine appeal now stands at £228,000, of which £130,000 has already been sent to Ukraine and is being used to immediately make a difference on the ground. Building on the level of support to date, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust is now striving to reach the £250,000 milestone and hopes the dog-loving public will continue to support the campaign. “We’ve been overwhelmed with support so far,” says administrator Rose Smart. “Vernon and Shirley’s gift is the epitome of philanthropy, and together with the thousands of other donations we have received, collectively, we will make a real difference for conflict-affected dogs and their owners in Ukraine.”
The Trust encourages anyone or organization that wants to support the Ukraine Appeal to get involved and do what they can. Further information can be found on the Trust’s website: www.kennelclub.org.uk/support-dogs/Ukraine along with details on how to donate.