Fun in the sun raises funds for four-legged heroes

A CHARITY that trains dogs to transform the lives of deaf people was the inspiration behind a family fun day organised by VetPartners.

VetPartners raised £400 from their event on Sunday as part of a year of fundraising for their chosen charity of 2019, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The York-based company owns 120 of the UK’s most trusted and respected veterinary practices, with 5,000 employees working across more than 450 sites, including its headquarters at Spitfire House in Clifton Moor.

Nearly 100 employees attended as members of VetPartners’ central support team joined forces with vets, nurses and receptionists from their Yorkshire practices for a family fun day at the Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel in York.

They organised a dog show for team members to bring along their own pets, a bake-off competition, sports day games, including a sack race and egg and spoon race for children and adults, as well as a hog roast.

The sale of tickets for the event raised £300, while entry fees and donations on the day helped VetPartners top the fundraising total to £400.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds, such as fire alarms, intruder alarms, oven timers and baby monitors. The charity’s dogs also provide constant emotional support and companionship, which is important as deaf people can often struggle with feelings of isolation and loneliness.

All year, employees from VetPartners’ practices have been running, walking, climbing, baking and even sky diving to raise money for the 2019 chosen charity.

VetPartners CEO Jo Malone said: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a very deserving charity that changes people’s lives for the better. Our whole company has really got behind the fundraising, whether hosting cake sales or taking part in sponsored walks.

“We’ve encouraged everyone to get involved, from work experience students to senior vets and the effect of this team building is fantastic, especially on team morale and wellbeing.

“The family fun day in York was a great way for the central support team to all get together and have a fun-packed day, alongside some of our Yorkshire practices.

“The cost to train and support each hearing dog throughout their lifetime is £40,000 and the charity relied on donations. Our employees are helping the charity to train more life-changing hearing dogs.”

The charity currently has around 500 dogs in training and has created nearly 2,500 working hearing dog partnerships, for both children and adults, across the UK.

Dog groomers, Bow Wow Wow, Elanco, CEVA, MSD, Animalcare, Zoetis and Hills all donated prizes.

For media enquiries, please contact Amanda Little, VetPartners Senior PR and Communications Manager, on 07970 198 492 or email

Back to News

This Website uses cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these are essential cookies to enable core functionalities such as security, network management, and accessibility. Our website may also use non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. These cookies are set when you interact with our website beyond using simple links on the site, for example, when submitting an enquiry form. We use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site. Finally, our website may use marketing cookies in order to promote products which you may find interesting to you. These cookies will in almost all cases only collect anonymous data. If you’re not happy with this, we won’t set these cookies but some nice features of this website may become unavailable as a result. By using our site you accept the terms of our Privacy Policy

Accept Recommended Settings

Essential Cookies

Essential cookies enable core website functionality. Without these, our website cannot function properly. These cookies can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences. For more information please read our Cookie Policy

Analytical Cookies

Analytical cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage.