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Forest Dog Rescue Archive News 2011

Read the stories from 2011...

28th December 2011

We had a fantastic turnout for our Christmas Sponsored Walk - it was great to see so many walkers and dogs. The weather was kind and everyone got to enjoy some well earned refreshments at the half way point. We raised over £1000 which is a wonderful amount so a big thank you to everyone who took part and/or sponsored a walker. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and 

look forward to seeing you all in 2012.

20th December 2011

Very well done to all those that helped at the Bag Pack at Stourport, you raised a magnificent £628! Thank you to all who contributed at such a difficult and expensive time of the year, truly the Christmas spirit in Stourport!

17th December 2011

Thank you to everyone who kindly gave donations to our team of volunteers who braved to cold to raise money for Forest Dog Rescue. Pictured here in his Santa suit is Greyhound, Sam with his owner Jean. We raised £413 which is a great achievement. Thank you and Merry Christmas! We have some more pictures from this event on on Picture Gallery.

11th December 2011

Thank you to everyone who braved the awful wet and cold weather to join us for some festive fun, carol singing and scrumptious food at our Festive Bit of a Do. The weather failed to dampen our spirits and your generosity - raising £365! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

26th November 2011

It was lovely to see all who came to say hello and purchase our wares at the "Bewdley Xmas Lights". Everyone was well and truly getting into the festive spirit. Special thanks must go to our very special puppies and their carer who got in amongst the crowd and also got pulled into Santa's Parade! Once again we would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone for your dedication and hard work and because of your support, we raised an amazing £290!

Thank you to all, have a wonderful Xmas x 

26th November 2011

Congratulations to our staff and volunteers in our Ludlow Shop who raised £497 during the "Medieval Event" this weekend.

25th November 2011

Fantastic Day at Dudley again, many thanks for all our supporters for your updates and donations of all kinds.

Special thanks to Steve Skidmore who kindly donated a huge bag of dried dog food from his market stall in Dudley and to the people who kindly donated boxes of treats and shared their time with us on a very cold, windy and eventually wet day! Thanks to you, you raised a fantastic £201! Well done Dudley! x 

19th November 2011

Thank you to everyone who came to see us in Kidderminster Town Centre. We raised £405 which is a fantastic amount.

18th November 2011

Many thanks to everyone who shared their time with us at Dudley last Friday. Once again we enjoyed everyone's company and updates, special thanks to one of our adoptors who not only told us about all the happy moments they are enjoying with their new family member but also donated the Watch he was

wearing to FDR! We have people offering to display our posters of dogs who still need to find their forever home, treats still coming fast and furious for our boy Alfie, who definately deserves them but unfortunately his waist line is starting to disagree. We can never thank you enough for always making us feel so much at home and because of your continued support, we raised a fantastic £219.70!!!

Thank you x

9th November 2011

The Trustees at Forest Dog Rescue would like to thank the students at Stourport VIth Form Centre who dressed up in Halloween costumes and took part in apple bobbing and pumpkin carving. They raised

£40 and kindly selected Forest Dog Rescue as their chosen charity.

6th November 2011

We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and customers of Tenbury Pet Care for the charity bin donation of treats, toys and food for the dogs. Your support is very much appreciated and will make a difference to the lives of the dogs in our care.

6th November 2011

Despite a chilly start at our car boot sale this morning, the sun did shine and we had a lovely day. We would like to thank all the booters and buyers who came along. We raised £344 for Forest Dog Rescue.

29th October 2011

We had a lovely day, if a bit chilly, in Bewdley at the Pumpkin Day. Everyone got into the spirit of the event and dressed up in halloween outfits (even Alfie!). Thanks to everyone who visited us - we raised £129.

26th October 2011

We would like to thank Bobby (FDR volunteer) who organised a skittles evening at Kingsford Country Club and raised over £140 for Forest Dog Rescue.

15th October 2011

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated at the tin shake in Dudley this weekend, or purchased one of our car stickers and wristbands. We raised £220!

25th September 2011

Our debut attendance at the Scarecrow Weekend in Belbroughton proved a great success, raising just over £600. Whilst attendance was down on the Sunday, the wet weather didn't manage to dampen our spirits! Thanks to our team of volunteers to braved the weather to ensure that all our visitors and supporters had fun on the tombola, and thank you to everyone who donated to help us provide care, rehabilitation and find new homes for the dogs currently in rescue.

18th September 2011

There were dogs a plenty at the Fun Dog Show at our kennels on Sunday; from the very large to the very small. Dogs and owners alike seemed to be having a lot of fun particularly when it came to dancing dogs, fancy dress and super fast sausage eaters. Despite the odd rain shower, the dogs still put on their best show and a good time was had by all. The Trustees at Forest Dog Rescue would like to extend a massive thank you to Posh Pawsss Grooming Salon who made the day possible and worked extremely hard both before and during the day. We would also like to thank the other sponsors; Harlow Timber and Mad DJ Dave. We would also like to thank the stall holders, volunteers as well as everyone who came along to support the event. We raised a fantastic £865!

12th September 2011

We had an enjoyable weekend at the Kidderminster Horticultural Show. Thanks to everyone who had a go on our tombola and helped make our day with your smiles and friendly faces. We raised £455 which is a fantastic amount - thank you!

21st August 2011

We had a superb Summer Fete - beautiful weather, lots of happy people and dogs, fun games, scrumptious food as well as a great variety of stalls and excitement from the ferret racing and dog show. Thanks to everyone's support we raised £2100 for Forest Dog Rescue which is a fantastic result. Well done everyone! If you would like to view some of the pictures from the event click here or visit our Facebook page.

14th August 2011

We had a lovely day at the Far Forest Horticultural Show. We raised £520 from our tombola stall, Name the Dog and entries for the Fun Dog Show. Thank you to everyone who came to visit us. The winning name for "Name the Dog" was "William" which was won by Natalie from Halesowen so congratulations to her.

7th August 2011

Thank you to everyone who came along to our car boot sale this morning. It was great to see so many booters and buyers supporting Forest Dog Rescue. The weather was also kind to us, providing sun shine almost right through to the end. We raised an amazing £391 so thank you for your generosity, it is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all again at the next one!

31st July 2011

The sun shone down on us again today at the Heavy Horse Show at Trimpley. All sorts of things going on; fabulous introduction to all the adorable and hard working heavy horses on show plus donkey rides, car boots, all sorts of fun rides to be enjoyed by all, stalls galore, and a grand selection of scrummy food and hot /cold drink. All in all, a very enjoyable day shared with a lot of happy go lucky people who so kindly contributed to the amazing £371.68 total raised today for our 4 legged friends.

Thank you all who shared their time with us today, once again it was lovely to see old and yet again make new friends to FDR, some who hopefully will be sharing their successful stories with us on our website. From all at FDR, thank you all for your continued support.

24th July 2011

Superb weather to enhance a superb day spent at St Michael's Fete in Tenbury Wells on Sunday. We had a really lovely day with lots of fun with the Dog Show, and a tombola. There was so much going on; gorgeous cakes being sold, hot and cold drinks available along with a pig roast, bric a brac stalls, raffles, beautiful hats, a band playing away in the background and much more in the most beautiful grounds full of colour.

To close the already perfect day, we were also entertained with some great comedy on stage from some very courageous entertainers, including our own Phil Baxter - well done Phil! Again there was a fantastic turn out and we raised over £300 from our generous visitors, thank you all so much for such a perfect day.

23rd July 2011

Absolutely fabulous day at Kidderminster Fire Station for the car wash event involving two very deserving charities; Forest Dog Rescue & The Firefighters Charity, with your help we raised £292.20 for each charity plus an extra £124 to Forest Dog which was given separately from the firefighters cook, Carole!

On behalf of both charities we would like to express a huge thank you to all who shared their day with us plus have their car washed of course, including Dave who came along to have his electronic cycle washed, what an experience that was - super bike Dave!

Many thanks also to the Firefighters for supplying all the necessary equipment & in particular the very

tasty refreshments too, we were spoilt so much we'll have to go back for more! It was very busy most of the time & the day went really well with plenty of fun & laughter all round.

Special thanks to Alfie, Summer, Mollie & their owners, the volunteers & staff from both charities & especially to those who still came along even though it was their day off, these events are only made possible because of your kindness, again thank you all so much.

18th July 2011

A big thank you to our loyal supporters who regularly fill our collection tins; the latest collections have raised; Franche Co-op £27.30, Matt Wildman £32.08 and Londis Far Forest £42.62.

16th July 2011

We would like to thank Mrs Ann Majumdar who kindly opened her stunning gardens at Honeybrook Cottage in Kidderminster for everyone to enjoy. She also served the most amazing refreshments including an array of homemade cakes and scones(with lots of fresh strawberries and cream - yummy!). She raised a fantastic £425 for Forest Dog Rescue. The other half of the proceeds taken that day went to Kemp Hospice. The event was also held in memory of her late son, Gerald. You can see some of the pictures taken of her garden on our Facebook page.

11th July 2011

Well the sun shone again for the Stourport Steam Rally over the weekend. Forest Dog Rescue had a prime position for our stall along the ringside so not only were we able to raise almost £280 for the charity , we could also take in some of the entertainment. We ran our usual tombola which proved ever popular with kids and adults alike. We also sold a range of doggie goods from collars and toys to doggie treat hampers so even the dogs were happy.

4th July 2011

We had a great turnout for our car boot sale at Green Gap Kennels on Sunday - lots of booters selling a wide variety of goods as well as lots of people looking for a bargain. Our new refreshments hut also proved popular offering bacon butties and cups of tea which were enjoyed by both booters and buyers who sat out overlooking the beautiful Worcestershire countryside and soaking up the sunshine. We raised a fabulous £390 so thank you to everyone who came along or volunteered their support.

14th June 2011

After a slow start and one or two showers we finally got going at the Bewdley Carnival and everyone had a terrific day, sharing stories of dogs from the past and present. The tombola had a couple of new recruits, Donna and Jolie, and along with Cynthia they tempted the crowds into having a go, always with such wonderful smiles. Well done girls!

Fundraising event for Forest Dog RescueAlfie and Jack behaved impeccably and enjoyed lots of fuss and attention, looks like Alfie was getting a reading lesson from Bob at one point! Dorothy did us proud with her very popular Lucky Dips and cakes from Joan were enjoyed by many who kept coming back for more!

These days would not be as successful or enjoyed as much without the

support of the many volunteers who give their time freely and also to a very generous public who continue to contribute to help raise much needed funds which all goes to helping the dogs who come into our care.

In total we raised £140 so once again many, many thanks from all at Forest Dog Rescue.    

8th June 2011

Thank you to everyone who took part in Walkies for Life. It was great to see so many people turn up with their dogs to enjoy a leisurely walk around the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. You raised over £700 and money is still coming in. We were lucky with the weather too - a glorious sunny day. Thank you.

6th June 2011

Many of you will remember our recent story about Martin Willmott from Arley who ran the London Marathon in April to raise money for Forest Dog Rescue. His tremendous efforts have raised an amazing £2000 which will make a huge difference to the lives of the many dogs in our care. Martin is pictured here (centre) handing over the cheque to the FDR Trustees. Our sincere thanks go to Martin and all those who gave him their generous support.

17th May 2011

Forest Dog Rescue held their Annual General Meeting on 17th May 2011 at the Roman Catholic Church in Cleobury Mortimer at 7.30pm. It was well attended by supporters and volunteers and the trustees would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend.

During the meeting each of the current trustees reports were read which outlined key successes achieved in 2010 including the purchase of Green Gap Kennels which has enabled the charity to provide more dogs with the care that they need until they find loving new homes.

The new trustee posts for the year 2011 were confirmed as:

Maureen Shaffery - Chairman & Fundraising Manager

Mary Braim - Vice Chair & Welfare Officer

Marie Roberts - Rehoming Officer

Wendy Squires - Secretary & Sponsorship Manager

Alison Jones - Treasurer

Presentation to Alfie at the Forest Dog Rescue AGM for all his fundraisingJan Hamer remains as Shop Manager in Kidderminster. Forest Dog Rescue are also opening a new shop in Ludlow in June which will be managed by Natalie.

Two new posts were also confirmed:

Cindy Horwood - Media & Communications Officer

Maria Baxter - Fostering Co-ordinator

The meeting finished with a special presentation by the Trustees to Alfie, our best fundraiser, in recognition of his, and Bob's hard work and dedication to the charity.

14th May 2011

A big thank you to everyone who kindly donated at our tin shake at Sainsburys in Kidderminster. We raised


which is a fantastic achievement! Thank you also to Sainsburys for allowing us to collect outside their store.

2nd May 2011

A big thank you to everyone to attended our charity car boot sale on Sunday. Great to see a growing number of booters and buyers coming along to Green Gap Kennels to buy and sell and few bargains. The weather was great, albeit a bit windy, and the sun was shining. The bacon butties and cups of tea also proved a firm favourite. We raised £250 for Forest Dog Rescue!

1st May 2011

The Trustees at Forest Dog Rescue would like to say a special thank you to Mr & Mrs Millward, Bewdley who have been saving their small change and kindly donated £50 at the weekend. 

30th April 2011

Dorothy (& Murray) and Bob (& Alfie) had a lovely day at the St Georges day market in Bewdley. The sun was shining and there were lots of people enjoying a stroll by the riverside. Thanks to everyone who had a go on our tombola or purchased one of our doggie treat packs or simply made a donation - your kind generosity helped raise £190 for Forest Dog Rescue. We would also like to say a special thank you to the little girl who donated £10 which she had raised by selling her own painted tile art.

16th April 2011

Fundraising event for Forest Dog RescueFundraising event for Forest Dog RescueAgain another entertaining day spent among shoppers and visitors in Kidderminster town, we raised an outstanding £316.20! Here is a picture of Virgina & Roy giving Alfie all the attention he deserves. We also bumped into Iris shopping for her new companion Poppy, who will be joining her very soon. Also pictured is Dorothy, who is a volunteer, with her lovely Dylis. Many thanks again for all your support, from all at Forest Dog Rescue.

10th April 2011

Glorious sunny day spent at Pets at Home in kidderminster on Sunday 10th April, we had a fabulous response to our tin shake which totalled £175, plus rehomed 2 of our precious dogs! A huge thank you to all who donated and also to those who gave their time and support, we couldn't do it without you!  

9th April 2011

Many thanks to Iris Borsbery for her very generous donation to Forest Dog Rescue during her visit to our Spring Fayre on Saturday. It's always lovely to spend time with people with such kind hearts & guess what, the sun was shining too!

Another special thanks to Jean Wilson who also gave a very generous donation at the event.

Thanks to everyone who came along and donated or bought items at the fayre. We raised £340 in total!

3rd April 2011

Donation from Emily to the Forest Dog Rescue SecretaryOur first car boot sale of the year raised a massive £360. Thank you to all the booters and buyers - your support is much appreciated. We would like to extend a special thank you to one young booter, Emily Davies, who kindly donated her takings to Forest Dog Rescue. Our next car boot sale is on Sunday 1st May at our kennels in Far Forest. Click here for details.

25th March 2011

A beautiful warm, sunny day shared with our friends at Brierley Hill on Friday 25 March. Alfie looked so handsome in his new coat and won the hearts of passers by especially Teresa who gave him lots cuddles . Your warm generosity meant we collected a fantastic £84.89 for the dogs in our care. A very big thank you to all who contributed not only by popping money in our collection tins but also for your time spent getting to know more about Forest Dog Rescue, it always helps to builds our confidence which in turn helps any dog that comes to us in distress, once again thank you all.

Fundraising event for Forest Dog Rescue

Another big thank you to Matt Wildman who collected a further £18.01 in his collection tin!

21st March 2011

Charity shoprefitted thanks to local students

Our charity shop in Kidderminster has had a makeover thanks to the hard work of three local design students. As part of a project on a 3D Design course at NEW College in Bromsgrove, these budding designers kindly offered their time and talent to design, build and install a new point-of-sale display unit for our shop.

“The new unit has dramatically transformed our shop and provides us with a stylish way to display donated merchandise” says Forest Dog Rescue Shop Manager, Rachel Newey. “We are extremely grateful to them. Our charity shop is an important income generator and we are sure that we can now make the shopping experience for our customers much more enjoyable.”

If anyone has any quality items such as clothing, bric-a-brac, CDs and DVDs, books and games then please drop them into the charity shop in Oxford Street, Kidderminster.

Pictured above, left to right: Rachel Newey (FDR Shop Manager) with students: Frances Mobley,Vicky Gilbert,Jack Haughey

12th March 2011

Alfie - Forest Dg Rescue mascot at a recent fundraising eventFundraising event for Forest Dog RescueWe had a wonderful, cheerful day spent with our friends (new and old) in Dudley on Saturday, including a couple who have already adopted one our four legged friends and are going to send some updated pictures, looking forward to seeing those! Again we thank all who so kindly contributed to the support of Forest Dog Rescue. You helped us raise a fantastic £245.85

8th March 2011

Thank you to everyone who made donations. During February we raised almost £200 in our collection tins located around the region. Thank you to; Pet Deli £90.05, Eagle & Spur £44.66, Cost Cutter Wolverley £37.69, The Lock at Wolverley £19.55, Wyre Forest Pet Foods £25.16. Your support is very much appreciated.

5th March 2011

Thank you to everyone who gave donations to our tin shakers at the Franche Co-op yesterday. With so many dogs currently in rescue looking for new homes, every penny really is appreciated. We raised £158.02.

18th February 2011

A very big thank you to the people in Cradley Heath; we had a fantastic response to our Tin Shake, raising £100. Everyone made Alfie feel very loved with all those super cuddles, paw shakes and fabulous treats. Thank you.

4th February 2011

Forest Dog Rescue Raffle Winners Announced

A big thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket to raise funds for the charity and congratulations to our winners:

1st - £200 - Mrs D Irving, Craven Arms

2nd - £100 - Mr J Phillips, Kidderminster

3rd - £50 - P Lancett, Kidderminster

4th - Carvery meals at The Express Inn Malvern - Julie, Rock

5th - Meals at the Three Nuns Village Inn - J Cooper, Sytchampton

6th - Ticket for Black Country Museum - Mrs Yapp, Stourport

7th - Pampered by Kerry - J Hamer, Cookley

8th - prize kindly donated back to FDR - Mrs Downes, Bewdley

9th - £10 M&S voucher - Mrs D Currie, Northumberland

We would also like to thank Jon Fowle, m3 Communications who kindly printed the raffle tickets for us.

31st January 2011

The generosity of our supporters is never ending and we cannot thank you enough. Every donation, however small, makes such a difference and enables us to continue to find wonderful new homes for the dogs in rescue. Thank you to; Matt Wildman (Sylvia & Andy's son) who handed in a collection tin that he has been putting his change in raising £14.05. The Co-op tin raised £58.27. Chaddesley Garage tin raised £22.00, and a donation of change by Mr Griffin raised £16.74. Thank you, we really do appreciate it.

29th January 2011

Fundraising event for Forest Dog RescueOnce again a very big thank you to the people in Dudley on Saturday, we had a fantastic response to our Tin Shake on an extremely cold day! Despite our dithering you still kindly passed the time of day with us and made Alfie feel so much better with all those super warm cuddles and fabulous treats, which included a chicken drummer!

An extra round of applause for Alfie because until 3 years ago, he too was a rescue dog but now takes great pleasure in dedicating time along with his carer Bob, to helping others like him find their happy forever home. Well done Alfie!

We had lots of interest in several of the fabulous dogs who are looking for their new forever home, plus it looks like we'll be having some new walkers joining us too! On behalf of us all at Forest Dog Rescue, including our four-legged friends, we can never thank you enough for your continued support. Your endless generosity raised an amazing £261.80 - happy days! Thank you.

29th January 2011

Forest Dog Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remember a wonderful gentleman, Mr David Davies, whose generosity in his passing, made it possible for us to purchase Green Gap kennels and provide a safe and secure future for the many dogs in our care. Thank you.

14th January 2011

A fabulous effort made by our troopers Bob & Alfie at a tin shake in Brierley Hill. They collected a fantastic £160 totally on their own - such dedication to stand there all day smiling and chatting on such a cold, wet day. Many, many thanks to you both and the public who gave so generously during these hard times. Very well done to all!