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SSAFA at Crufts 2006

TV news legend Angela Rippon has a great time with hero dog Buster
at the SSAFA Forces Help stand at Crufts

Television news legend Angela Rippon danced her way to the SSAFA Forces Help stand at Crufts as their guest. Angela and her fellow cast member Chris Ellis Stanton took time out from their tour with Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”.

“I am delighted to be SSAFA Forces Help guest at Crufts. This is a fabulous event and I am pleased to be here and meet such wonderful people and of course the dogs!” said Angela Ripon.

SSAFA was also pleased to have ITV Central News Presenter - Philippa Tomson and her fabulous Tibetan Terrier “BG” as their guests. Philippa shook paws with last year’s winner of “Crufts Hero Dog of the Year”, The Buster along with Elliott, Jack and Buster II - Army Veterinary Corps dogs. “BG” rubbed noses with everyone!

“I really enjoyed being with SSAFA at Crufts - and so did BG!!” said Philippa.
The SSAFA Forces Help stand was also honoured with a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, where he swapped tales with SSAFA’s Chairman Lieutenant General Sir Robin Ross.

Sir Robin said: "I was surprised but delighted to find that SSAFA Forces Help was the official human charity of Crufts because our work is focused towards people, not dogs! However, as we support Service personnel working alongside military dogs our paths do cross. We have made many new friends this year, both two legged and four legged!”

SSAFA Forces Help would like to thank the following companies for their generous prize donations: John Lewis Partnership, K9 igloo designs, Pascoes, Millie & George, Snoozzzeee Dog, Crazee Pets, HMV, Barking Bags and Peugeot Export.

A genuine thank you to the Kennel Club for making SSAFA Forces Help their human charity.
SSAFA Forces Help is the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Forces Help.

SSAFA Forces Help is the leading national charity that helps serving and ex-Service men, women and their families who are in need, suffering or distress. The charity aims to meet the needs of individuals financial, practical or emotional.

Supporting clients through a network of more than 7,000 trained volunteers, 500 in-Service volunteers and over 400 professional staff in the UK and overseas, currently the organisation is assisting families of those being posted to Afghanistan through its Confidential Support Line and veterans of past conflicts and time in the Services through its 99 Branches.