It's been so long since I have written a news blog I hardly know where to start! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have kept us sane (not that we were very sane to begin with!) throughout this really busy time. We have been non stop for what seems like months now, so thank you for your patience in waiting for email replies, phone calls and other general bits and bobs which we may have missed.
Let's start with our recent rehomes...
Toby (was Hugo)
Catherine and her family adopted the handsome Toby and is happy with them in Northampton.
Andrea adopted the beautiful Bertie, and he's now living in Worcestershire.
Dexter is now living in Bedfordshire with his new mum Helen and their family.
Barney and Princess
These two beauties are enjoying their cuddles with their new family in Shropshire.
Louis is now enjoying his new life with Anne-Marie and her family in Glasgow.
Lovely Colin offered his home and his heart to our special Snoopy, and is happily sharing his sofa with our long term foster boy.
The gorgeous Aggie, who we all fell in love with, is now living in Berkshire with her new family.
Lottie (was Trixie)
Lottie has totally fallen on her feet after being adopted by Alistair! Long countryside walks await her!
Popy has been adopted by our very own Demi and her fiance Simon, once she arrived in foster, she wasn't going anywhere!
Marley is living in Hampshire with Susan and Peter, and is very spoiled indeed! He's having a lovely life!
Adopted by our lovely friend Gail, Honey is living in a Welsh valley with her basset brother George.
Our lovely boy Orson, who we all love so very much has taken upon himself to get so comfortable at the sanctuary with Joy that he's decided to stay! We are so thankful to Joy and her team for the amazing work they do. As ever, please pop over to their website and if you can spare a few pennies, or something off the wishlist, please do.
The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary
We curently have 20 dogs in foster, with several pending, so please keep sharing our hounds when they are posted. Also, we are always in the lookout for foster homes, especially at the moment, so if this is something you would consider then please contact us here.
It's with very sad faces that we say a very fond farewell to our good friend Gillian from our team, as she hangs up her fundraising gloves. Gillian came on board as fundraiser over 18 months ago and has worked tirelessly for us, but in the last few months has had several family issues to deal with, and she has decided to leave the team. She will still remain an active supporter, and we are still looking forward to catching up with her at waddles and events, but for now, we would like to say a massive thank you to all that she, and her husband Jon, has done for us. We are all wishing you the very best Gillian, and thank you so much for your support.
We still have Demi working hard on the fundrasing side of things, so if you do have any ideas or thoughts, please contact her on her email: email@example.com We would also like to encourage anyone who would like to get involved in raising awareness and vital funds for us to get in touch.
Mother's Day Skydive
Now, jumping our of a plane is not my idea of how to spend a Mothers Day, but for Sam Savage, our Treasurer, and a few other supporters it seems to be the way to go!
They are jumping to gather funds for our Emergency Fund, which helps our dogs like Nelson have the veterinary treatment they need.
It's easy to donate by text, via JustTextGiving by Vodafone, all you need to do is follow these instructions;
Text DIVE26 £10 to 70070 to donate to Basset Rescue Network GB and make a difference today.
Our friends Heidi and John have also got their Just Giving pages that you can donate directly to as well! Follow the links below to find out more, and help them reach their goal!
Surely falling out of a plane is worth a pound or two!
Mum to our gorgeous Nelson, and very special friend, Gill Dawes is undertaking another hike in aid of BRNGB this weekend!
"My two yearly challenge is nearly here!
Four years ago I walked across England.
Two years ago I walked the James Herriot Way with Allan and dragged Nelson and Tibs along for company!
This weekend, I am walking/climbing Skiddaw Fell in the Lake District. It's 3,000 feet, and as I am getting older this will be a real challenge as I have not managed to get any practice in, because I have bulging discs in the neck!
This is my way of raising some valuable money for a fantastic rescue who have done so much to help our big boy Nelson and for which our whole family is eternally grateful.
Even a few spare pounds can make all the difference, if you can help in any way it will really be appreciated.
On the 18th February, we held out first dog free fundraiser 'up North' just outside Leeds - our 1920's prohibition party! From the outside it appeared closed, as with any good prohibition party we didn't want the fuzz to catch wind of our shindig. The inside was an accumulation of gold, black and pearls, people were really dressed up to the nines in flapper dresses, tuxedos and hats.
The Photo Booth looked fantastic, with gold fringing and feather boa galore! The best stone baked pizza cooked fresh in front of us, he even made some for desert: my mouth is still watering over the toffee pizza!
Our fantastic mixologist, Chris from Liquor Lab events served up some quintessential prohibition cocktails, from the classic Bramble to an Old Fashioned. Many guests worked their way through the menu - bring on the bad heads in the morning!
It was a fantastic evening with great friends, great food, and amazing drinks.
I just want to thank all the people that helped make the fabulous event happen, the amazing Sophie Fayle, my right hand Event's organiser, though which this event definitely would not have happened, and also to everyone else, from making deserts to donating money and prizes. Also, the people who turned up and parted with their well-earned cash, we raised a total amount of £702.21!
I cannot stress how much this will help with the hounds we currently have in foster. Thank you so much.
If there is anyone who is interested in becoming more involved in events anywhere in the UK please either contact us directly here or myself on firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to help you get started.
Demi Stroud - Fundraising Co-ordinator
Lisa and Paul on a tandem!
Our wonderful supporters and long time members of our foster team, Lisa and Paul Hudson are undertaking a cycle ride in glorious June... from London to Brighton on a tandem! Please support them on their journey!
"If you know Paul and I, you will know that we like the odd challenge! We saw an old tandem that needed some work doing on it, then we had the idea of cycling the 54 miles from London to Brighton on it to raise money for BRNGB!
BRNGB do extremely amazing work rescuing basset hounds from all over the country. They work with dogs that need new homes, which involves transporting around Great Britain, arranging foster homes and finding forever homes for the hounds. This all costs money, as dogs often need treatment for illnesses or issues that they have.
This challenge will be hard for Paul and I, but it doesn't compare at all to what some of the poor dogs that come through BRNGB go through before they find their forever homes. Our bums will soon recover, but sometimes these dogs take the rest of their lives to get over the trauma that they have been through."
Thank you SO much to all the people who are fundraising for us, we are always so humbled by your generosity and determination. Good luck to you all!
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