Our staff spend lots of their free time raising money for great causes!
As a veterinary practice, it is within our nature to give back. As well as supporting animals through tough times, every member of staff at Bay Vets is devoted to caring for others, no matter what their species.
It’s common knowledge that our surgeons, nurses and admin staff are no strangers to hard work. We have a great reputation for supporting a number of charities both as a practice, and individually.
We have a number of achievements under our belt and are proud to be seen as such great supporters of so many wonderful charities.
In the past we have completed a number of gruelling challenges that include:
- Caton Gala Dog Show & Operation Game – B-Eat Eating Disorder charity – June 2017
We supported the Caton community in their annual gala this year and hosted a dog show and a lifesize “operation” style board game to help raise funds for our chosen charity. Although the day was a very soggy one, we successfully raised £73.50 for our chosen charity.
- Elephant ipad competition – WVS – April 2017
We hosted a “Guess the name of the elephant” competition at all 4 of our Bay Vets surgeries. The lucky winner had the chance to take our adorable Elephant home aswell as a brand new mini ipad. This competition was hosted to help raise funds for the WVS Worldwide Veterinary Service and as sponsorship for one of Bay Vets Senior Director’s Anita Lowis in her charity event of canoeing 100 miles of the Zambezi River, followed by a trip to Lusaka Elephant Orphanage. We successfully raised £336.12 for this amazing charity.
- Bay Vets Charity Ball – Bay Strathmore Hotel – Oct 2016
On Sat 8th October we held a Charity Ball at The Bay Strathmore Hotel in Morecambe. The evening consisted of a 3 course sit down meal, along with various raffle prizes kindly donated by local businesses and an auction of Chas Jacobs prints, with a local DJ for the evenings entertainment. The evening was a great success. We successfully raised £1462.29 for our local animal charities from this event alone, and this will be split evenly between Animal Care, Wolfwood & Cats Protection.
- Macmillan Coffee & Cake Brunch – Milnthorpe – Sept 2016
On Thursday 28th September our Milnthorpe surgery team decided to hold a coffee & cake brunch to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. They successfully raised an amazing total of £350.00 for the Macmillan charity by hosting a cake competition with the community (entry fee £2), selling raffle tickets to win prizes kindly donated by local businesses and clients, and asked for donations to try their variety of beautiful cakes that filled an amazing 4 tables in their cosy surgery.
- RNLI Morecambe Lifeboats – August 2016
For the summer months of 2016, we promoted the very hardworking RNLI Morecambe Lifeboat team. On 20th August they were celebrating their 50th Birthday at the station with an open day. Therefore, to help raise funds for this fantastic team, we made a list of all 237 RNLI UK stations and popped them into a dipping bag. We then gave our clients, team members and family and friends the option to “dip” for £1 to select a station. A station was then chosen at the 50th Birthday of the RNLI at their open day and the lucky winner would receive “Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two” at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe. This prize was kindly donated by English Lakes who own the Midland Hotel along with other local hotels.
A lucky winner was selected by the Mayor of Lancaster and our Chairman Mr Richard Bottom on 20th August RNLI Open day. We successfully raised £130.00 for the RNLI Morecambe Lifeboat team. We hope to help support them in the future also.
- Bendrigg Trust – June to August 2016
During the summer months of 2016 we have held x2 events to help raise funds for the amazing charity “Bendrigg Trust”. The first event we held was a dog show at the popular Caton Gala in June 2016. Entry fee’s to the dog show were collected and totalled £84.50.
In July, we then decided to do a prize draw for a pet photography session. This was very kindly donated by Sam Adele Pet & Equine Photography based in Caton. Sam gave us a voucher for up to a 2 hour photography session, for 2 animals, with x3 free prints of their choice and online gallery access for the photos from the day. We sold raffle tickets for £1 and the lucky winner was chosen at random. We raised £140.00 for this event alone. All together we raised £224.50 for Bendrigg Trust.
- Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – December 2015
During the months of Nov & Dec 2015 we held some small events to help raise money for Alder Hey Children’s charity. Sadly as one of our team members daughter’s had visited the hospital this year we thought we shall host some events to help raise funds for the hospital. Sophie is now on the mend and even came in to see us for a guest appearance.
One event we did hold was a “Guess the baby” competition between staff members. Staff were asked to bring in photo’s of themselves under the age of 4 years old (As this was Sophie’s current age). All photos were then collected and made into a quiz style booklet. Team members & clients if they wanted to join in, then gave a donation to receive a booklet and complete their answers who which team member was which baby/toddler. This was a great team event that everybody thoroughly enjoyed.
The second event was on 18th December all 4 of our surgeries joined in with the National Christmas Jumper Day. Again staff had to give a donation to wear their Christmas Jumpers for the day.
Overall for both events we have managed to raise an amazing £309.42 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. This will make a huge difference to the children in care.
- Nepal Earthquake Appeal – September 2015
We have donated £325.00 to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The donated monies were raised within each of our surgeries.
- Doggie Fashion Show – February 2015
We hosted our very own Doggie Fashion Show to raise monies for 4 local animal charities being Wolfwood, Dogs for the Disabled, Save-A-Pet and Animal Care. The day consisted of our very own catwalk at the church of ascension in Torrisholme. Our catwalk had our own selected dogs modelling the best winter safety wear for you and your dog such as High visibility jackets, flashing collars and leads, Safety Harnesses and even winter boots for your pooch. We also had tea cakes and biscuits, a FREE Prize Draw, Raffle and the option to buy products on the day with a 10% off discount. The day was a huge success and we successfully raised £280.00 for our chosen local animal charities.
- Badass Mudder for St John’s Hospice – 2014
Our Vets & Nurses attended a Badass Mudder Challenge to raise money for St John’s Hospice in July 2014.
The Badass Mudder challenge was held at Halton Park Estate near the Crook O’Lune, and consisted of a 10k obstacle course.
Our team had to wade through mud, scramble up a quarry face, scale climbing walls and natural obstacles, go under and over nets, haul themselves across monkey bars, crawl through dark tunnels, fly down a huge waterslide, cross the River Lune.. twice and much much more.
Our team stuck together throughout the 10k challenge and we successfully raised £917.14.
- Cruise and Walk for St John’s Hospice – 2013
We held a Bay Vets team building event that involved a cruise and walk around the edge of Ullswater. We have raised £500 so far for St John’s Hospice.
A number of members of staff at our practice have also embarked upon individual and small group challenges to raise money for sick family members and friends.
We always encourage our staff to push themselves both mentally and physically whether it be scaling the side of a mountain, or diagnosing a particularly difficult case in practice.
- Sponsored walk for the Heather Pinder Appeal – 2012
In November 2012 we organised a Christmas Fair fundraiser to raise money for our friend Heather Pinder.
In 2011, Heather suffered from a cardiac arrest that left her unable to move and partially sighted. Now at the Goole Neuro Rehabilitation centre in Yorkshire she is receiving intense therapy to regain her mobility and go on to have a good quality of life.
Our aim was to help Heather pay for speech therapy, physiotherapy and a specially adapted wheel chair that would aid her recovery.
We have also walked around Dallam Park with a number of dogs to raise £600 for this great cause.
- A marathon and walk for North West Air Ambulance – 2011
Anita Lowis, our Adminitrative Director completed the Great North Run and our staff took part in the Cross the Bay Walk. In total we raised £4483.07 for The North West Air Ambulance.
- Help for Heroes Three Peaks Challenge – 2010
We climbed Mt. Whernside, Mt. Ingleborough and Mt. Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales and raised a total of £4376.79 for Help for Heroes.
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Coniston Challenge – 2009
This fund raiser included a hike to the summit of Coniston Old Man, a bike ride through the forest of Grizedale and finally, kayaking on Coniston Water. In total we raised £6837.23 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Here are some photos from our previous charity events.