Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club



Charities 2015: Kit Wilson Aged Dog Accommodation and WADARS: Money raised £3000
Charities 201
War Dogs Remembered and Animal Health Trust: Money raised £2100

Charities 2017: Sussex Caring Pets and Medical Detection Dogs: Money raised £1600 

Each year a different charity/charities is chosen by Billingshurst Dog Training Club for which we try to raise funds through various events and personal donations, and for 2018, we have chosen these 2 animal charities. Blind Dog Rescue and Pet Blood Bank.

Please help BDTC to raise funds for these worthwhile charities.

AMOUNT RAISED so far....£1444.00


Unfortunately one of last year’s chosen charities; Sussex Caring Pets is ceasing to operate shortly. Due to work commitments and illness amongst its volunteers, there is no longer anybody to run the charity. Therefore the Chair Lesley Wade feels they cannot accept the money raised last year. At the next AGM a decision will be made about what happens to the outstanding amount.



Blind Dog Rescue UK  


                                                                     Registered Charity Number 1148828


Blind Dog Rescue UK is a small but passionate charity dedicated to the rescue of blind and partially sighted dogs. They rescue the most vulnerable dogs that have been subjected to the worst of humanity, yet still have an astonishing capacity to adapt, love and become perfect ambassadors for blind dogs everywhere.

The dogs in their care are victims of abuse, neglect, disease or trauma. Many are struggling to survive in shelters, tethered on short chains, or straying on the streets in countries where there is no infrastructure for animal welfare or animal rescue.

Countries such as Romania, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ireland and Cyprus have limited strategies in place to deal with street dogs and unwanted pets, and so set up shelters with the most basic facilities and poorly trained staff. These shelters house hundreds of dogs in deplorable conditions just to keep them off the streets and many starve to death or die from disease or injuries sustained during transport to the shelter. It is incredibly difficult for sighted dogs to survive any length of time in these shelters, let alone blind or partially sighted dogs.

They need to get to these dogs quickly and secure their immediate release and treatment. These dogs may have been deliberately blinded, involved in road traffic accidents or long term sufferers of painful conditions such as glaucoma. They need veterinary care and to be given the safety and comfort of a foster home in which to start healing. Here they are given love and affection and a warm bed - possibly the first they will have experienced in their lifetimes. At this point, they are able to start assessing and promoting these wonderful dogs for forever homes. They start to find out their characters, likes and dislikes and establish what kind of home would best suit them. Their dogs start to enjoy toys for the first time and show us their incredible capacity for forgiveness and love. Even dogs who have never enjoyed a home make fantastic family pets and quickly discover the joys of daily walks, regular meals and the love and care they deserve.

Some dogs are adjusting to being blind or partially sighted whilst others may have been blind for some time. Each time they astound with their ability to fulfil their fullest potential and adapt to their new situations and take each new step with dignity and confidence.

Blind Dog Rescue UK also rescue dogs from within the UK who are being surrendered by their owners or being threatened with euthanasia. They so often see dogs not being given a chance to show how incredible a blind dog can be and what normal lives they can lead. In these cases we intervene to help owners adjust to having a blind dog, or ensure the dog is surrendered into our care so that we can find them a new home.



Pet Blood Bank  


                                                            Registered Charity Number 037745


Pet Blood Bank UK is a charity that provides a national canine blood bank. It was set up in 2007 after a change in legislation made it possible to collect, process and store pet blood.

Their products and services are available to all UK veterinary professionals. They collect blood from donors at organised collection sessions in locations throughout the UK.  The blood donated at these sessions is taken to their state of the art processing unit in Loughborough where it is processed into red blood cells and plasma products.  It is then stored, ready to be supplied to veterinary practices across the UK, 24 hours a day.

As a not for profit organisation, they have a very clear charter as to how they will invest any monies generated from their activities.

Their aims are:

To advance animal health and welfare and to relieve suffering, by providing vital blood products to the veterinary profession.

To promote an understanding of and educate those involved in the provision of health care to animals. This relates in particular to those involved in the emergency and critical care of animals through the advancement of transfusion medicine.

To educate the general public about the welfare needs of animals and the availability of the provision of care and welfare for animals.

To provide and promote a blood transfusion service for animals.

To do this:

They have produced and work within a Welfare Policy for their donors, to ensure that their health and wellbeing is at the core of our service.

They provide the veterinary profession with information to support a better understanding of transfusion medicine.

They work with:

Pet owners - to raise awareness of the importance of dogs giving blood to support the needs of sick and injured dogs who need lifesaving blood transfusions.

Veterinary professionals - to increase awareness of and understanding of how to use blood products. They provide lectures and seminars on transfusion medicine to ensure a better understanding within the profession.

Other pet orientated organisations - to raise awareness of good animal welfare and healthcare of pets.

They undertake research to advance blood donation and transfusion medicine and offer the most up to date and accurate information to pet owners and veterinary professionals.

Similar to the human blood service, dog owners kindly register their much loved canine companions to give blood at one of their many sessions across the country. After each session, the blood is taken to their processing centre in Loughborough, where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products, and then stored ready for despatch.

They run an average of 5 sessions a week at veterinary practices and kennels, with over 8,000 lifesaving donors registered with the charity. Last year, they sent out over 5,000 units of blood and as transfusion medicine advances, the demand continues to grow.

Every unit of blood can help save four other lives, saving thousands of lives every year.

Note: Dogs must be over 25 kilos, between 1 & 8 years, up to date with vacs,not from abroad or travelled abroad, and not received a blood transfusion.


Here is Eunice presenting the cheque for £1500, raised by the club, 2014/2015, to Kit Wilson Trust for their Aged Dogs Accommodation, at the BDTC AGM.

Here are Eunice, Pat and Graham presenting Stef Ransley from Wadars Animal Sanctuary, with the cheque for £1500 raised by BDTC in 2014/2015 with a note from Wadars.

Your donation has been reserved for current dog care.

This means it will be used for kennelling and veterinary fees for a number of our four-legged friends in our care, as you will know some treatments can be costly (scale and polish, neutering etc) and this is not always covered by the adoption fee.



Below is a picture of Eunice presenting Andrew Simmonds from AHT with the cheque for £1050 raised by BDTC in 2015/2016 with a copy of the letter sent by AHT.

Dear Eunice

It was a pleasure meeting you at Crufts on the Sunday and to have received the wonderful cheque from Billinghurst Dog Training Club’s fundraising in 2016.  What an honour to receive your valued funds in this our 75th Anniversary year!! 

With our sincere thanks again for supporting our canine work and I shall look forward to updating you on how the funds were utilised in due course.  We will ensure they provide a huge benefit towards furthering the health and welfare of dogs.

Very best wishes.


Above Is a picture of Eunice presenting Esther Vanoostrum who is a local volunteer for Medical Detection Dogs, with a cheque for £800 raised in 2016/2017. The presentation took place at the BDTC Agility Show 2018 at Cranleigh Showground.

Below is a letter of thanks from the Fundraising Manager for MDD, Frankie Hockham.

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