Dorking based kennels, Haytor Kennels and Cattery, is hosting a ‘puppy play’ event to help raise money for Scotty’s


Haytor Kennels and Cattery is asking for a £5 donation to join its charity ‘puppy play’ event, the first one launching on 15th August, between 3pm-5pm, to raise vital funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity set up to provide integral support to children who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

Puppies from three months and above will be invited to take part to help raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the kennels’ chosen charity for August.

In addition to raising much-needed funds, the Haytor team hope the first installation of the monthly ‘puppy play’ event will help dog owners socialise their pups, introduce them to new sights and sounds, stimulate learning, and reduce separation anxiety in the future.

Commenting on the kennel’s efforts, Haytor team member, Jessica Best said: “We haven’t done a specific charity event before, however, we have a Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity pot within our reception hut. Because of this, we wanted to show our appreciation to Scotty’s by making them the first charity we do this for.”

Team mate, Clareece Beckey added: “We’re hoping to raise as much money as we can. We will be using a collection pot on arrival and this will be a minimum donation of £5. We really admire the charity’s efforts and the work it does to support children of our fallen heroes.”

Founded in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by war widow Nikki Scott after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children. Scotty’s Little Soldiers does lots of things to support its members, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering educational support, and delivering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants. Scotty’s also helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting the children  birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the UK come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation. 

In recent months, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology to arrange exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as these they are not alone. They’ve also been providing a high volume of wellbeing support to families who are suffering from enhanced anxiety and other problems due to the current health crisis.

Nikki said: “What a really lovely idea from Haytor Kennels and Cattery! It’s something different and innovative. We are so grateful to be their chosen charity of the month and hope their first fundraising event goes well, it should be a really lovely day with lots of wagging tails! It’s because of fundraising initiatives like this that we can continue to deliver the integral support we do to our members, so thank you.”

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