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Designer Dogs Raise £40,000 [29/09/2005]
Philip Treacy, five times award winning British Accessory Designer of the Year, has added another accolade to his portfolio, with his design on a fibreglass dog. It achieved the highest bid of £3000 during an auction for Battersea Dog & Cats Home. The 3’6” fibreglass dogs were designed and sculpted by Derek Howarth ARBS, who began his successful artistic career as assistant to famous sculptor, Sir Henry Moore. A full parade of dogs were created for celebrities to decorate, and the dogs designed by Orlando Bloom, Mulberry for Elton John, Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker and Imagination Ltd made considerable contributions to the total amount raised.

15 of the designed dogs were auctioned ‘live’ at the event with the rest being sold through a silent auction, raising £40,000 in total for the home. Diverse and imaginative designs coupled with celebrity support made the Battersea Dog & Cat Home auction and parade a sensational affair. The money raised is to be used to purchase hydrotherapy equipment to help with physical rehabilitation of dogs in the home.

Fiona Healey-Hutchinson, Director of Fundraising at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said, "Not only did we all enjoy the glitz and the glamour of last night, but we are absolutely delighted that we raised £40,000 for the Home. Philip Treacy's dog dazzled the guests by raising the most amount of money, certainly deserving the 'Top Dog' title. We hope that all the newly appointed fibreglass dog owners will enjoy their four-legged friends!"

10 of the dogs were also displayed at the On/Off Catwalk and Designer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts during London Fashion Week in September. For further information visit http://www.dogshome.org
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