- July 25, 2019
- Posted by: Jenna Jack
- Category: Funding trends
Happy hour might be from 5-7 but on Tuesday 23rd July, ‘Yappy Hour’ was from 12-2. PeoplePlus and Back2Work Complete Training joined forces to host our dog themed charity event in Manchester to raise money for the Prince’s Trust and Street Paws charity. Back2Work are a partner of the PeoplePlus skills division and this partnership means we work together throughout the year to support people back into work with skills support and training.
Street Paws promotes animal welfare and relieves the suffering of animals by providing free of charge veterinary care and emergency kennel space, to animals owned by people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or other vulnerable groups severely affected by poverty. Where as the Prince’s Trust (who PeoplePlus are a chairty patron of) helps vulnerable young people get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
The event included a bake sale, a ‘Guess the Name of the Dog’ competition to win a 2ft Dalmatian soft toy courtesy of The Vedas Group, a ‘Guess the Name of the Dog’ competition to win a bottle of champagne and a raffle to win a hamper full of doggie goodies such as treats and dog clothes courtesy of Training Strategies Ltd; and there was a sale of home made bandanas for dogs!
To keep up the dog theme, there were 2 four-legged representatives on hand for everyone to fuss over on the day. Lola, from PeoplePlus came along in her specially made t-shirt and we also got to meet Lenny – a dog who is always welcome in the office.
All in all we managed to raise £124 from just 2 hours of cake eating and fun, which will be split between the Street Paws charity and the Prince’s Trust.
Speaking after the event, Michelle at Street Paws said:
“ Sadly, homelessness is on the rise and the bond between a homeless person and their animal is strong. Often their animal is their whole world. Our aim is to support this bond, to provide vital access to veterinary care and other essentials to ensure their dogs are healthy. These local fundraising events are really important for us to be able to keep providing the service we do.”
Speaking today Keely from PeoplePlus said:
“I was delighted to be part of this really important fundraising initiative. The StreetPaws team are incredibly dedicated and passionate about supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Every little helps. Today we raised £123.00 which will go towards providing vital support. If we can encourage more people to get involved then we really can make a big difference to the lives of homeless people across Manchester.”