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Carnival to support Blue Cross

THE BLUE Cross animal welfare charity has been chosen as this year’s beneficiary of the Elizabeth Street Carnival, which takes place on Thursday 13 June from 6.30pm on Elizabeth Street, London SW1.

Christopher Pollock, chairman of the Belgravia Traders’ Association and organiser of the prestigious event hopes to raise over £20,000 to aid The Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, London – the oldest animal hospital in the UK.

Now in its thirteenth year, and combining shopping, eating, drinking, children’s games, auditions and music, the Elizabeth Street Carnival has something for everyone. The event will be officially opened by Blue Cross patron, His Grace the Duke of Westminster OBE TD DL.

Quality retailers including the Chatsworth Farm Shop, the Chocolate Society and Ben de Lisi will remain open for the party, while W G White Ltd, Boisdales Oysters, Ebury Wine Bar and Shepherd Neam’s beer tent are a few of the first-class refreshments on offer. Entertainment is courtesy of 1960s and 70s classic-covers band, What Next?, along with children’s rides and games, and lucky dips and raffles whose prizes include meals at top London restaurants, theatre tickets, weekend breaks, designer perfumes, beauty treatments and jewellery.

Lots galore

A business class trip for two to the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, an exclusive Philip Treacy hat, ballet shoes and signed book donated by Royal Ballet Company Principal Dancer, Darcy Bussell and a weekend at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel are just some of the lots up for bidding in a very special auction planned for 8pm.

Despite two world wars and a recent rebuild, The Blue Cross flagship animal hospital in Victoria, has never closed its doors to the pets of Londoners since it first opened its doors in 1906. The hospital’s modernisation cost £4 million and was funded entirely by voluntary donations. It was officially re-opened to the public by HM The Queen in November 2001.

Jess Gower, Chief Veterinary Surgeon at The Blue Cross animal hospital says: ‘We have been part of the local community since 1906, and for almost 100 years the work of the hospital has been a vivid reflection of the Londoners it exists to serve. I’m looking forward to meeting up with local residents and traders and would be encouraged anyone to come along and join the fun at what promises to be wonderful evening.’