The world’s most famous animal rescue, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, once again wowed the world last night with the return of its star-studded Collars & Coats Gala Ball at the iconic Battersea Evolution in London.
Celebrating its eighth successful year, the high-profile event is a highlight of the autumn social calendar, and is consistently regarded as one of the most unique and eagerly anticipated charity events.
The annual charity extravaganza saw a host of UK and international stars take to the red carpet for this worthwhile cause to raise vital funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s work in rescuing and re-homing abandoned dogs.
This year’s star line-up, from the world of TV, music, film, sport and fashion, included: Battersea Ambassadors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and David Gandy, and friends of the Home, Craig Revel Horwood, Dr Christian Jessen, Guy Henry, Danielle Bux, Hilary Alexander, Charles Worthington, Harry Hill and Leah Weller, and the iconic music group Sister Sledge. Guests and stars were welcomed by the popular ‘Battersea Doggie Guard Of Honour’ – a red-carpet parade of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s pooches.
Britain’s Got Talent gymnastics troupe Spellbound opened the glittering event with a breath-taking performance. Battersea ambassadors and supporters including David Gandy, Dr Christian Jessen, Craig Revel Horwood, Guy Henry, and Dame Jacqueline Wilson united on stage to highlight the work and achievements of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Other highlights of this year’s event included a spectacular performance by headline act Sister Sledge who brought their legendary R’n’B and disco hits to the dance floor. Performing their knockout hits We Are Family, Lost In Music, He’s The Greatest Dancer and Rise and Shine, as well as performing their new single Woman are the Music of the World which has become an anthem for women and girl empowerment, the fabulous trio of Debbie, Kim, and Joni Sledge led the dazzling line up of entertainment.
High profile guests and celebrities also enjoyed the opportunity to bid for an array of money can’t buy experiences at the event’s exclusive auction.
Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive said: “The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is a truly unique event, celebrating our animals and raising money to care for the 8,000 dogs and cats that come through our gates, abandoned and terrified each year. Once again, we’re thrilled that so many supporters and friends of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home gave so generously of their time to make the event so successful.’’
The Headline Sponsor of this year’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball was Vitabiotics SuperDog. SuperDog is committed to maintaining health and vitality in dogs, and is from the pet division of pioneering British company Vitabiotics. The Gala’s Champagne Reception was exclusively sponsored by Medivet the Vet with almost 30 years’ experience. Medivet is passionate about providing amazing client and patient care throughout their 141 practices.
It costs Battersea over £10m to care for its dogs and cats every year, and with no government funding, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping to increase awareness of the important work the charity does each and every day of the year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals.
Last year over 8,000 dogs and cats needed Battersea’s care and attention to help find them the best possible new homes.
For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please visit www.battersea.org.uk, or call 0207 627 7883.