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Doggy paddle raises money for charity

Kate and Gin

Britain’s Got Talent duo Kate and Gin were proud to support Yorkshire’s first ever canine swimathon in aid of Sheffield-based charity Support Dogs. The mammoth 12 hour swim saw 40 dogs taking part at the Aquavet hydrotherapy centre, in a bid to raise a fantastic £4,000 for the charity.

The dogs, 12 of which were working and retired support dogs, swam a 15-minute relay in the hydrotherapy pool at Aquavet.

Angela Gregory, marketing and fundraising officer for Support Dogs said: ‘It was a fantastic day and we were so proud of our dogs, for participating in such an enjoyable fundraising event.
‘We were overwhelmed at the amount of donations by visitors and owners and pleased to see Kate and Gin supporting our charity,’ added Ms Gregory.

There was a great range of dogs taking part from a four-month-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel to a fourteen-year-old Cocker Spaniel. The dogs, and visitors, were able to relax after their swim thanks to a special performance by Kate and Gin.

Siobhan Coughlan, partner of Aquavet, said: ‘Support Dogs is an extremely forward thinking charity and has an innovative approach to the types of disabilities the dogs are trained for. We hope the £4,000 raised will help Support Dogs to continue its invaluable work.’
Support Dogs is a UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with epilepsy, physical disabilities and families of children with Autism by training dogs to act as efficient and safe assistants.

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