Main photo credit: Ian Morrison
Stars and their pooches walked the red carpet for charity The Mayhew Animal Home at their Tinsel and Tails Christmas Fundraiser at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London, on Tuesday night.
Celebrities, including James McVey from The Vamps and Stephanie Pratt, attended to highlight the Mayhew's achievements over the past year and to raise vital funds for the animal charity. KISS FM presenter Pandora Christie hosted the special evening. Other guests included Danny-Boy Hatchard, Debbie Bright, Marc Abraham, Rumer, Kate Lawler, Olivia Buckland, Danni Menzies and Sue Jameson.
Sponsored by Tails.com and Sity Walks, the event celebrated The Mayhew's 130th year and raised a record-breaking £23,000 on the night. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, and entertainment from Bollywood dancers from R&R Productions and a festive-filled auction and raffle. Prizes included a London Wine Academy Tasting Masterclass; box tickets to see a home game at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United; House of Commons tour; and a cake created by The Great British Bake Off finalist, Jane Beedle, which went for £300.
The audience were also played a video showcasing The Mayhew's work in the community, assisting pet owners, the homeless, the elderly and vulnerable, to help prevent more animals from ending up in shelters. But the real stars on the night were some of the Home's former and current residents, many of whom were brought in as strays or victims of neglect and abuse. Each one has made a fantastic recovery and is either enjoying life in their new forever home or waiting for their happily ever after.
The Mayhew’s Chief Executive, Caroline Yates, said, "It was a fantastic night and we managed to raise an incredible amount. It was great to see so many people with dogs of all different shapes and sizes on the red carpet.
"Tinsel and Tails is all about celebrating the charity’s work in rescuing and rehoming dogs and cats and raising funds to enable this work to continue. The fundraiser was a great opportunity to highlight some of the many animal welfare issues our staff are faced with every day, including cases of neglect and illegal breeding, and showcasing our ongoing work out in the community helping vulnerable pet owners. The Mayhew receives no government or lottery funding so we rely completely on the generous donations of our supporters.
"I would like to thank everyone who attended and helped us raise awareness of the vital work we do both in the UK and internationally. All the money raised will go towards to helping more animals in need."
For more information about The Mayhew and how you can help, please visit their website.