We were delighted to hear that Georgie in Year 9 has recently been nominated for the Young Kennel Clubs Fundraiser of the Year award. She has had some amazing fundraising achievements and has single-handedly raised an unbelievable £3351.45 in the last 3 and a half years.
Georgie adopted her Romanian street dog Bella when she was just 10 years old from South West German Shepherd Rescue. She has always been concerned about the plight of unwanted dogs both here and abroad and Bella mobilised a passion to help. Georgie decided that she wanted to raise £250 so one more dog could be saved and adopted thus perpetuating the legacy. She started by glass painting at some local dog shows and cooking a massive batch of liver cake to sell at a doggie Christmas Bazaar. Within the year, with hard work Georgie had reached her target - but she didn’t stop.
She started fetching people’s water for them at camping dog shows and she spends hours glass painting in between her own runs. By the end of the 2016 Georgie had added making copper bracelets to her repertoire and she topped her £500 target – but she still didn’t stop. Last year she made a harness so she could haul more water barrels at a time and has relentlessly done so for hours on end at dog shows. At Wye Valley she worked her socks off for 7 hours making a grand total of £128.
Whilst her mum was volunteering at Spanish Water Dog weekend, Georgie took it upon herself to paint SWDs on glasses and sell them too but in this instance, she kindly donated the proceeds to SWD rescue instead. By the end of 2017 she had raised a total of £1124. Breaking the £1000 barrier was an incredible achievement, but still she didn’t stop.
Throughout 2018 Georgie has collected water and painted glasses for more customers than ever, making a massive £480. SWAT (South West Agility Training) noticed her talent & dedication - they asked if she could produce their 2019 show trophies. So, Georgie has invested some of these profits to secure the £2000 order for 500 painted glasses. She has also committed a colossal amount of time to complete this order in just 3 months making this years total raised £2154.45 and the total raised single handedly in 3 ½ years by one relentless and driven 13 year old an unbelievable £3351.45.
In between all this, she has also managed to qualify with her Romanian Street dog for Crufts YKC 2017, 2018 (and hopefully 2019). They both help out at local collectioins and awareness stalls raising awareness for the plight of the Romanian dogs and also the SWGSDR charity. Any agility demonstrations they take part in, they wear their rescue gear to raise awareness. By raising awareness, and talking, we have also been lucky enough to secure the local Mountain Warehouse’s support for the charity with their ongoing charity bag fundraiser and collection tin.
Georgie has displayed tireless, determined and sustained fundraising, and we are all very proud of her. All the best with your nomination Georgie - Let us know how you get on with the award and your next fundraising efforts!