Newfound Friends Rescue day in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Newfoundland jumping into water
Newfoundland leaping into water

"Take the Plunge" raises thousands for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Saturday 19th September saw a number of volunteer "casualties" dramatically rescued from a lake in Cirencester by trained Newfoundlands and help dog boarding company Wagging Tails raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Hilary Coates post rescue with NewfoundFriend BeaThe "Take the Plunge" event was organised by Hilary Coates, owner of the Swindon dog boarding franchise of Wagging Tails, in association with NewfoundFriends, a group that utilises the lifesaving skills of Newfoundland trained rescue dogs to help raise money for other charities. The day saw 30 volunteer "casualties" deposited into the lake at the Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester before being rescued by a 14 stone Newfoundland leaping from a boat.

The event raised over £2,500 for Hearing Dogs with Lizzie Ritz picking up a bottle of bubbly as top fundraiser having raised £290.00 in donations for being a "casualty". Hilary also received a huge amount of support from local businesses such as Chiseldon House Hotel, Go Outdoors, M&S, The Body Shop, Devere Village Hotel, Pets Corner, Accessorize, Majestic Wine, Animal Prints in Silver, PetShed Ltd and Eastcott Vets who provided a number of prizes for the event.

Commenting on the day Hilary stated,

"Seeing the Newfoundlands in action really was spectacular and I thoroughly enjoyed being rescued! Everyone involved had a great day and I would like to thank NewfoundFriends for putting on such a fantastic show. It is great that so many people have got behind this event and helped us to raise valuable funds for our partner charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People".

Since they began working with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in January 2014 Wagging Tails have now raised nearly £5,000.00 for the charity.

Watch our video from the event now!  


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Take the plunge for Hearing Dogs! Newfound Friends Rescue Day - Saturday 19th September 2015

Take the Plunge and be rescued by a Newfoundland in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People! 

Where: South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre, Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester

When: Saturday September 19th 10am until 5pm

In conjunction with Newfound Friends, a registered charity established in 1989, Wagging Tails is proud to announce a day dedicated to raising funds on behalf of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Newfoundland leaping from a boat into waterWe are looking for volunteer ‘casualties’, who will get sponsored to take a dramatic tumble into the lake at the Outdoor Education Centre, Cirencester only to be plucked to safety by a valiant Newfoundland! This is a spectacular way to raise funds and awareness for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and a fantastic way to highlight two different ways that dogs can truly be man’s best friend.

Casualties!!! Your £15 registration fee gets you in a wet suit, with a life jacket and lifeguard in the water, a photo of you with your canine rescuer, along with a goodie bag with a variety of gifts as a token of our thanks for helping to raise money for Hearing Dogs. Plus, you can raise extra funds with our sponsorship form or using our dedicated Just Giving page.

Extra attractions on the day include: a tombola with a multitude of prizes donated by local and nationally recognised businesses; Face Painting; Pocket Money Games including a Guess The Dog Breed game donated by Eastcott Vets and a Guess the Name of the Dog run by Hearing dogs volunteers; meet the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs and learn more about them; meet some local Hearing Dogs and their recipients and also meet Bernie the Wagging Tails mascot, who will be making special appearances throughout the day!!

Please come along and give us your support, it promises to be a special day!!

Newfound Friends has been hosting 'Rescue Days' around the country for many years, helping many different charities, especially children’s charities. They have featured several times on the BBC programme Blue Peter and one of their patrons is Sharron Davies MBE. The Newfoundland Dogs are renowned swimmers and have an instinct for rescuing anyone in distress in the water – this instinct has helped a variety of charities raise nearly £1 million!

To register and take part as a 'Casualty' to be rescued by a Newfie please make a £15.00 donation via our Just Giving page,, including the nominated person's name and contact Hilary Coates on entitling your email 'Take the Plunge Registration'.

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Over 30 years of changing lives...

Nearly 10 million people in the UK experience some degree of hearing loss. That's one person in every six. Over half a million are severely or profoundly deaf. Hearing Dogs want to help as many of these people as possible by creating life-changing partnerships between deaf people and specially trained hearing dogs.  

Since launching in 1982 Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have become  a world-leader in training hearing dogs to alert deaf recipients to important sounds and danger signals.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is registered in England and Wales no: 293358 and in Scotland no: SC040486

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