I hope you are all well. This is going to be a slightly different post from me as it's non-beauty related.
This year I was lucky enough to go to the Battersea Collars and Coats Ball. I was invited by my pet insurance company Petplan to attend the ball and I couldn't believe my luck when I found out!
I know a lot of Beauty Bloggers (myself included!) are animal lovers, so I wanted to share my evening at the ball with you all!
The Battersea Collars and Coats Ball is an charity ball that takes place every year to raise much needed funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The ball is now in it's fourth year.
When we arrived at the ball, the red carpet was layed out and dogs from the home (both current residents and former residents) were lining both sides of the red carpet to greet everyone as they arrived. The dogs were accompanied by Battersea staff. Everyone that works at Battersea is so friendly and it was so lovely greeting all the pooches and chatting to their handlers.
I made a beeline for the first staffie I spotted (they're my favourite dogs). The last dog on the red carpet was a slightly overweight Dobermann. His handler told me the Dobermann is on a diet and has been rehomed. He's off to his new home in the countryside soon!
Once inside there was a photo opportunity with a pug and a little chihuahua, followed by a champagne reception.
After a while we were all asked to take our seats for a lovely 3-course meal (with the best Shepherd's pie I've ever had!). Amanda Holden and Paul o'Grady were presenting the evening.
Lots of events were taking place throughout the evening to raise money for the home, including a raffle and a silent auction. I bought a raffle ticket and even ended up winning a £200 Kuoni holiday voucher!
During the course of the evening male model David Gandy presented the 'Dogwalk'.
A host of famous designers including Julien Macdonald, Mulberry and Stella McCartney have designed one-off dog coats and collars (I always wondered why the ball is called Coats and Collars - now I know!) that are being auctioned off with all proceeds going to the home.
The coats were all modelled by some gorgeous Battersea dogs! If you'd like to have a look at some of the designs click here.We were also shown a very touching video highlighting some of the amazing work the home does.
The video concentrated on the vital work the veterinary nurses do at the home and how much it costs to fully train a nurse. It takes 3 years to become a fully qualified nurse and sadly at the moment there is a severe shortage of veterinary nurses.
10 people including celebreties Paul o'Grady, David Gandy and Gary Linekar made some very generous donations to raise a total £30,000 to fund nurses at the home.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home don't only look after dogs but also cats. It's obviously quite difficult to get cats involved in an event like this, but we were all asked to be quiet for a moment as they bought an adorable 8 week old kitten onto the stage that has been hand reared at Battersea. The kitten was very playful and didn't mind being on stage in the slightest!
Ethel is 10 years old. She's had cancer and has had her tumour removed. Nobody knows how long Ethel will live for. Hopefully she will carry on with her recovery and the cancer won't come back. Battersea made an appeal that evening to find an extra special home for Ethel to go to.
After hearing about Ethel, pet insurance company Petplan generously said they will insure Ethel free of charge and cover her for the rest of her life and for any treatment she might need.
I was lucky enough to meet Ethel and give her a cuddle and she is such a lovely dog!
At the end of the evening artists Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone preformed a set each. I particularly enjoyed Joss Stone's performance. I had almost forgotten what an amazing singer she is!
Everyone who attended the ball was also given an amazing goodie bag to take home!
I was especially excited to discover that Urban Retreat have generously donated bottles of their Hydrating Mist that were included in the goodie bags!
I had an amazing time at the Coats and Collars Ball! And a big thank you to Petplan (my cat Billie's insurance company) for inviting me to such an amazing event!
I hope you've enjoyed this post, I hope you don't mind that it's something a little bit different from me but Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is one of my favourite charities and I really wanted to share my experience with you all. Normal Beauty Blogging will resume with my next post, which will be the 2nd part of my Boots Haul.