Battersea Collars and Coats Ball

Hello Lovelies,

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!
The story that touched me most was the story about Ethel the staffie.
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.

Nuala xxx
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  1. What a wonderful post. I hope Ethel finds her new home very soon. x

    1. Thank you :) A family at the ball said they would like to adpot Ethel so hopefully it works out for her xx

  2. Aww you look adorable in the first picture! Love that you actually chose some pearls to go with the dress haha :) Bet you had an amazing evening, such an important cause! I don't have pets and don't think I would like to have any in the future but it's a touching post for sure xx

    1. Awww thank you so much lovely! Yes, thanks you for the tip I went for pearls :) So glad you like the post even if your not a pet owner xxx

  3. What a lovely blog about a lovely evening! I hope you don't mind, but I have just sent one of your pictures to David in hopes he will approve it for his official page. He has already had me post several pics from the Collars and Coats event, so I don't know if he will add another or not--particularly since he is looking down. Anyway, here is the address, if you want to watch for it:

    1. Thank you very much! It was a fantastic evening, and it's so great he's ambassador for Battersea. Thank you for the link, I will keep a look out on his page :) Nuala xx

  4. What a fantastic event! You are very lucky to have been! Great post!!

    1. Thanks hon! I know it's a really brilliant event, couldn't believe my luck when I got asked to go! xxx

  5. Your blog is great and I love makeup, but this was my favourite post of all!


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