Hampstead’s festive fundraising event to rescue dogs from China. Ann Evans has the details.



Stacey James (L) with Clementine and Linus with Christiana Hines from Hampstead Hounds


Lovers of the British Bulldog are invited to go along to Hamstead this Saturday, to support a major canine fundraising event. The aim being to raise funds to fly a group of British Bulldogs and a Bullterrier from awful conditions in China to find homes in the UK.

The event is in aid of the Edward Foundation, a UK based, non-profit, charity, founded in 2011, which has helped Bulldogs at risk of abuse and used as a commodity. The event, on Saturday 8th December, starts at 1pm at the Duke of Hamilton, New End Avenue, Hampstead, and is suitable for families, with red-carpet photo opportunities, puppy play areas, limited doggie bags and lots of fun and fundraising.

The Edward Foundation also helps families who have to give up their beloved pets for whatever reason and simply want to know they are being rehomed sensibly and responsibly. they have rescued over 1,000 dogs within the UK.

Supporter Chrissie Hines founder of Hampstead Hounds said, “I first heard of the charity from one of my clients and would love to see the Hampstead community and as many owners of British Bulldogs offer their support and help raise money towards medical care, flights to the UK and find a happy home for each of the rescue dogs here in the UK.”

The event is the brain-child of Stacey James who moved to Hampstead from the USA last year with her British Bulldog, Clementine. Stacey regularly organised animal charity events back in her hometown of Frenchtown, New Jersey, and is excited to bring her first event to her adoptive country.

Stacey said “I am organising this event for the Edward Foundation as I really believe they will make a difference to the lives of these dogs. I cannot begin to describe their suffering and I am hoping that dog-owners in Hampstead will turn out in force on the day, dig deep into their pockets and get all of the British Bulldogs to the UK – a country where the breed first began.”

De Randall, Chairman of The Edward Foundation added, “Thank you to everyone for thinking of our Bulldogs.  We are bringing five Bulldogs over this month that have been saved from the meat trade in China and our first dog Hera, a Bullterrier, arrived recently and is doing amazingly well.”

The event organisers are encouraging an Instagram take-over on the day where people can post images of their own Bulldogs from across the world, watch videos from the event and share their comments. @cleverclementine, @hampsteadhounds, @theDukeNW3.

The organisers are also encouraging as many British Bulldog owners to arrive on the day with their dogs.

The charity event is also supported by family run Zasman Vet in Hampstead, and venue partner the Duke of Hamilton.