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A fundraising ball for a famous animal charity

It’s the return of Battersea’s Collars & Coats ball

A fundraising ball for a famous animal charity

November 09 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Since its inception in 1860, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has rescued, reunited and rehabilitated more than 3.1 million dogs and cats, and this Friday the charity is continuing its mission by staging an exclusive fundraising event.

Taking place on the charity’s home turf, at Battersea Evolution, the annual Collars & Coats Ball will feature live entertainment provided by Lulu and Status Quo, and will be attended by guests such as Nicky Clarke, Start boutique-owner Brix Smith-Start and HRH Prince Michael of Kent, who will be greeted on the red carpet by the Home’s legendary guard of honour (made up of blue-coated Battersea dogs).

As well as a champagne reception and banquet, the night’s other attractions include a top-tier fundraising auction, with donations from the likes of The Saatchi Gallery, The Shangri-La Hotel, Rupert Sanderson and Giles Deacon. Other prizes include a bronze pet sculpture commission by the artist Tanya Russell, a behind-the-scenes day at Crufts and a stay at the stunning (and dog-friendly) Oast House, a period house near Hastings with more than 450 acres of private woodland and pasture – perfect for a spot of dog walking.