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The Brit-fashion pack, celebrities and sporting sensations dazzle on the red carpet for
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball

The UK’s glitterati dazzled at the premier event on London’s social calendar, The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012 on Thursday, 8th November at Battersea Evolution in London.

Leading names from the fashion fraternity, London 2012 Olympic heroes, society figures, esteemed television personalities and global music icons rubbed shoulders as they graced the star-studded red carpet for Battersea’s annual, fundraising gala to raise money for the much loved animal charity.

Amongst the top names supporting the event were the hosts for the evening Amanda Holden and Paul O’Grady MBE, and headline entertainment act, the Grammy Award nominated British music star Jamie Cullum, who was part of a show-stopping entertainment line-up alongside award-winning songstress Joss Stone. Also in attendance was Battersea Ambassador and international supermodel David Gandy, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Tamara Ecclestone, Gary and Danielle Lineker, Paul and Jackie Ross, Nicky Clarke, Neil Fox, Cheska Hull and Ollie Locke, Brix Smith-Start and Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Amanda Holden, one of the hosts of the evening said: “It’s wonderful to be able to join Battersea again for their incredible Collars & Coats Gala Ball. I am so pleased to be supporting an animal charity like Battersea. With the current economic climate we need organisations like these more than ever.”

Dame Jacqueline Wilson said: "It is just a gorgeous evening and it's all been done with such style. I am delighted to be a friend of Battersea"

Rebecca Adlington OBE said: "Tonight has been amazing and I wanted to take all the dogs home, they were all so lovely, and so cute! Hopefully I can adopt a rescue dog from Battersea in the future."

This year the fashion fraternity joined forces to endorse the unparalleled work done by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as the Collars & Coats Gala Ball featured a unique ‘Dogwalk’, whereby internationally renowned designers, including Julien Macdonald, Derek Lawlor, Katharina Flohr from Faberge, Trevor Pickett, Giles Deacon, Henry Holland, Stephen Jones, Zandra Rhodes and Matthew Williamson, dressed the canine residents of the Home in exclusive dog coats and accessories. These dog coats, collars and leads will now be auctioned to raise money for the charity giving everyone an opportunity to bid on a piece of fashion history.

Hilary Alexander, who presented the dogwalk with international supermodel David Gandy said: “It’s a real honour to be unveiling such a fantastic array of canine couture, all expertly modelled by Battersea dogs in a fashion show like no other. On the dogwalk are a Greyhound in bejewelled Faberge collar, Beagles in Westwood and Labradors in Phillip Tracey and Julien McDonald. We’re thrilled to be working with so many of the world’s top designers and best of all, their incredible dog coats, collars and leads are all be auctioned off for a fantastic cause.”

Battersea Ambassador David Gandy said: “I’m really pleased to join Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on their biggest night of the year at the Collars and Coats Gala Ball. In my role as Ambassador for the Home, I have a vested interest in helping to make sure they raise much-needed funds to care for the thousands of animals that come through their doors every year. It’s also an honour to be hosting the dogwalk as it brings together the two loves of my life – fashion and animals. I hope the dogs enjoyed taking part - the designers did a wonderful job for them.”
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball raises vital funds to ensure that Battersea’s important work in rescuing and re-homing unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats continues.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball raises vital funds to ensure that Battersea’s important work in rescuing and re-homing unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats continues.

Battersea Chief Executive Claire Horton says: “Once again The Battersea Collars & Coats Gala Ball has proven to be a huge success. It was a truly incredible and magical night enjoyed by all who attended. Each year the Ball raises vital awareness and funds for the charity, so that our pivotal work in rescuing and re-homing unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats can continue. Supporting the work of Battersea means that you can help give a second chance in life to thousands of dogs and cats.”

Designer dog coats as featured in the Dogwalk will be available for auction via the following website: www.collarsandcoats-onlineauction.com from 09.00 on Friday 9th November 2012.

For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and to pledge donations, please visit www.battersea.org.uk or call 020 7627 9309.

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