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Walk the Red Carpet at Mayhew’s Tinsel & Tails

11 November, 2017

Ali Bastian (right) with dogs Molly and Mable. Image: Rowan Williams

Have your ball gown and black tie at the ready!

This Christmas, Mayhew’s annual dog friendly fundraiser, Tinsel & Tails, sponsored by Pets Pyjamas and Barkers For Dogs, returns on Tuesday 5th December, bigger and better than before.

Guests and their four-legged friends will be treated to an exclusive evening like no other at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, London. Dog places have now sold out, but tickets are still available, so you can grab plenty of cuddles from all the furry guests throughout the night.

A spectacular evening of entertainment provided by BBC’s Pitch Battle contestants, The Noteables, is in store this year. The award winning pop chamber choir directed by comedian, Vikki Stone, have had success composing songs for heat magazine, as well as performing at concerts and festivals across the UK.

For one night only, guests are invited to join Mayhew in the venue’s iconic Grand Hall, where they will be treated to a three-course meal, raffle, auction, and the latest updates on Mayhew’s work in the UK and overseas. This promises to be a very special evening and one not to be missed.

Mayhew’s Chief Executive, Caroline Yates, said: “Every year Mayhew’s Tinsel & Tails gets bigger and better. We are thrilled to have The Noteables performing this year and we can’t wait to have them join us to raise much needed funds. Not only can you come along to support the work of Mayhew, but there are plenty of opportunities for doggie cuddles too.”

“It is a great event for our supporters and celebrity friends to hear about all that we have achieved and the amazing work we have done this year. Most importantly, all the money raised during the evening will go towards Mayhew helping more dogs and cats escape a life of cruelty, neglect and abandonment in the UK and overseas.”

Even if you don’t have a four-legged friend with you, Tinsel & Tails is the perfect opportunity for some canine companionship.

Tickets for Mayhew’s Tinsel & Tails can be purchased by calling 020 8206 5872 or by visiting

Standard Ticket costs £70 and includes:

Reception drinks on arrival
Three course sit down meal with wine included
After dinner coffee and mince pies
Premium Ticket costs £90 and includes:

Premium seating in the room
A VIP Goody Bag
A Mayhew animal named after them
Reception drinks on arrival
Three course sit down meal with wine included
After dinner coffee and mince pies
Guests and supporters also have the chance to buy tables (which can seat up to 10 people) at the glitzy evening.

About our work:

Since 1886 Mayhew is one of the most effective animal welfare charities in London.

We help thousands of animals in need gain a better quality of life by delivering a broad range of community-based veterinary, care and education services in the UK and overseas.

Our team of Animal Welfare Officers actively work in the local community preventing animal welfare problems becoming crises and work extensively with vulnerable pet owners in society, including the elderly, disabled, homeless and pet owners facing a crisis, whether housing, personal or health related.

They offer a range of services including a free pick-up and return neutering and preventative vet care service and temporary foster care for pets whose owners are facing a crisis. They work with youth offenders and young people to educate and promote compassion for animals.

Our Officers work closely with local authorities to address pet ownership issues and encourage neutering. They attend local community events offering pet owners advice, reassurance and help as well as free microchipping.

They also operate a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programme for London’s feral cats, and collaborate with government and non-government agencies to address the challenges of misuse and mistreatment of companion animals.

Our onsite Community Vet Clinic and Vet Team promote responsible care for pets and offers low cost and affordable neutering and preventative veterinary care to pet owners. We also offer free neutering for bull breed dogs and for cats under the C4 scheme. Our Vet Clinic provides care, treatment, neutering and surgery for the sick, injured, abandoned and neglected animals that come through our doors.

Since 2000, we have worked internationally funding long-term and sustainable animal welfare, rabies prevention and Trap Vaccinate Neuter Release (TVNR) programmes. Key countries where we work are Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India.

We provide veterinary training to overseas vets who are the key to promoting animal welfare abroad. The vets we train go on to train other vets and student vets in their own countries, thus we’re building capacity for high quality neutering, surgery and veterinary preventative care. Our training equips international vets with the skills to save and improve the lives of free-roaming dogs and cats. To date we have trained over 400 vets overseas.

Our animal therapy programme, TheraPaws, has 50 teams of humans and dogs who visit care homes, hospitals and hospices in 11 London boroughs promoting the human and animal bond and bringing well-being and joy to residents and patients.

In 2016 we:

• Rehomed 389 cats and 94 dogs

• Neutered 1916 animals

• Microchipped 1131 animals

• Reunited 67 lost dogs with their owners

• Helped 1607 animals in the community

In the countries where we work, Mayhew International:

• Neutered 53794 dogs and 3055 cats

• Vaccinated 52384 dogs against rabies

• Providing training for 99 vet professionals

To find out more about Mayhew’s work, visit

For adoption, clinic and general enquiries, call: 020 8962 8000.

To donate, call: 020 8206 5870.

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