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Crufts exhibitors make a difference for dogs

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust would like to thank dog exhibitors at Crufts 2007 for their generosity in donating over £6,000 to the Trust, alongside their entry money into the world’s greatest dog show.

Exhibitors were invited to make a voluntary £1 donation to the Kennel Club Health Foundation Fund when entering their dogs for Crufts, with every donation then matched by the Kennel Club. The final total raised for the fund in 2007 was an extremely healthy £12,436.

The Kennel Club Health Foundation Fund (KCHFF) is part of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and is designed to help breed clubs and scientists work together to develop research programmes that will result in new DNA tests for inherited conditions. The KCHFF has allocated over £400,000 in research grants, which lead to the understanding of inherited conditions such as Von Willebrand Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, inherited cataracts and heart disease.

Said Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust: "I am delighted with the generosity of the thousands of people who have shown that they want to help us make a difference for dogs, by giving this kind donation with their Crufts entry fees. I would like to convey my thanks and gratitude to all of them, and to the Kennel Club for the gesture of once again matching these vital contributions."