Saturday 19th September saw a number of volunteer “casualties” dramatically rescued from a lake in Cirencester by trained Newfoundlands and help dog boarding company Wagging Tails raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Hilary Coates post rescue with NewfoundFriend Bea

The “Take the Plunge” event was organised by Hilary Coates, owner of the Swindon dog boarding franchise of Wagging Tails, in association withNewfoundFriends, a group that utilises the lifesaving skills of Newfoundland trained rescue dogs to help raise money for other charities. The day saw 30 volunteer “casualties” deposited into the lake at the Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester before being rescued by a 14 stone Newfoundland leaping from a boat.

The event raised over £2,500 for Hearing Dogs with Lizzie Ritz picking up a bottle of bubbly as top fundraiser having raised £290.00 in donations for being a “casualty”. Hilary also received a huge amount of support from local businesses such as Chiseldon House Hotel, Go Outdoors, M&S, The Body Shop, Devere Village Hotel, Pets Corner, Accessorize, Majestic Wine, Animal Prints in Silver, PetShed Ltd and Eastcott Vets who provided a number of prizes for the event.

Commenting on the day Hilary stated,

“Seeing the Newfoundlands in action really was spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed being rescued! Everyone involved had a great day and I would like to thank NewfoundFriends for putting on such a fantastic show. It is great that so many people have got behind this event and helped us to raise valuable funds for our partner charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People”.

Since they began working with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in January 2014 Wagging Tails have now raised nearly £5000 for the charity.