Hundreds of animal lovers joined Mayhew staff, volunteers and animals at Mayhew’s annual Open Day street party last weekend – raising an incredible £8,406.

The event sponsored by 4Cats and Butternut Box, offered visitors the chance to take a look behind the scenes at the work the charity does; whilst enjoying a fun family day out jam packed with live music, stalls, and outdoor games and activities.

Held at Mayhew’s Home in Kensal Green, the day was hosted by journalist and television presenter Wendy Turner Webster, a dedicated animal welfare campaigner, who kept the days’ entertainment flowing and introduced our Happily Rehomed Parade on stage.

Minnie, who was held by Mayhew Patron HRH The Duchess of Sussex in a photo taken back in January, returned to Mayhew for the day along with her new owner. The charity also welcome Neil Morrissey, Andy Slaughter MP and Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham Daryl Brown to the festivities, as they were given a tour of the facilities.

Dog hug at Mayhew

Neil Morrissey said, “Mayhew are an absolutely fantastic charity, and a beautiful oasis for animals in need in North London. I’ve just had the full tour of their new facilities, and what they do here is absolutely unbelievable. You can play your part by coming down and adopting a dog (or cat) like I did!”

Singer/songwriter George Ritchie then entertained the crowds, followed by Knox and Peter Parker from Camden’s Rock and Roll Rescue charity shop who also made a very generous donation to Mayhew to help animals in need.

Guests could also meet a handful of Mayhew’s TheraPaws dogs and volunteers, visit the Cattery and Vet Clinic to see some of the feline residents awaiting anew home and chill out in the charity’s garden with a vegetarian barbecue and Pimms.

Caroline with guests

Mayhew CEO Caroline Yates said, “It was wonderful to see so many Mayhew supporters come out and enjoy the day with their family and friends. Everyone looked to be having a brilliant time, and we really enjoyed showing visitors around the Home and telling them all about the vital work we do to support animals and pet owners in our community.

“Thank you so much to everyone who attended – the money you raised will go straight towards helping even more animals in need, and we can’t wait to see you all next year!”

Their next event will be a Great Rescue Ramble on Sunday 6 October on Hampstead Heath. Sign up now for the 3k or 5k walk, and help us celebrate rescue pets everywhere!

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