Tom Hardy, star of Mad Max, is a dog lover, and recently took to the Canary Wharf trading floor of BGC partners, for their annual Charity Day. Tom’s aim was to raise funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The BGC Charity Day is held every year to remember all those who dies in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Celebrities choose charities to represent and join licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with BGC clients, with 100 per cent of the revenues from the day going to the chosen charities.
Tom Hardy is a long-term supporter of Battersea, loves animals and owns several dogs. In 2015 he joined another of the charity’s devoted fans, Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady, in trying to find a loving new home for Battersea’s then longest stay dog, Sidney, a Staffordshire Terrier.
Battersea’s celebrity supporters have taken part in the BGC Partners’ Charity Day before. In 2015 Battersea Ambassador David Gandy and The Saturdays’ Mollie King hit the phones on the trading floor. Since Battersea receives no government funding, they rely on donations and the support of volunteers – including celebrity ones. The charity takes in an incredible 8000 homeless dogs and cats each year.
Battersea Chief Executive, Claire Horton, said: “We love getting involved in BGC Partners’ Charity Day and this year in no exception. It’s such an exciting day and it really does help Battersea make a difference to the lives of so many animals. Last year Battersea spent over £13 million looking after thousands of abandoned unwanted dogs and cats in our care, and that’s why we’re so grateful to Tom Hardy for helping us raise vital funds to keep that good work going.”