Take the Plunge 2 rescue day raises £5,000 for Hearing Dogs!

A newfoundland leaps into a lake in Gloucestershire at Take the Plunge 2
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wagging Tails spectacular rescue day ,organised by Hilary Coates and Alexis Bennett from our Wiltshire and Gloucestershire branches in partnership with Newfound Friends, has raised £5,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

"Take the Plunge II" took place at South Cerney Lake in Gloucestershire on Saturday 9th September and saw over 30 volunteer "casualties" dropped into a lake before being rescued by Newfoundland dogs. This year's top fundraiser was Julie Andrews. Julie describes herself as "an adventurous wheelchair user" and raised £722.50 while our top junior fundraiser, Tom Ford, collected £162.00 in sponsorship. 

Take the Plunge II top fundraiser Julie Andrews pictured with Alexis Bennett and Hilary Coates from Wagging TailsTop junior fundraiser Tom Ford pictured with a Newfoundfriend rescue dog and his father post rescue at Take the Plunge II

Below Hearing Dogs for Deaf People volunteer Linda Buckland, recipient of Hearing Dog Fidgey, describes her experience, 

"We enjoyed the day and it was lovely to see the volunteers having fun and feeling absolutely wonderful after their experience, their smiles say it all. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Hilary, Alexis, Jim, Lisa and all your helpers, for organising this wonderful event and all the hard work you all put in to making this a success. The generous donations raised will certainly help with training more puppies to become hearing dogs of the future and turn a deaf person's life around, just as my dear Fidgey has done for me". 

This was the second "Take the Plunge" event run in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Wagging Tails have now helped to raise a staggering £15,000 for the charity since they began working together in January 2014. Talking about the day Hilary commented, 

"It was another incredible day and I have been blown away by the level of support we received. Our top two sponsors both raised over £700 individually and we have nearly double the amount raised at the event two years ago." 

Alexis added, 

"Newfound Friends have been fantastic and the dogs put on a spectacular show. Thank you to everyone who took part and all those people who supported the event." 


Below is just some of the feedback we received from the event and a short video diary of the day...  

"Just wanted to say a big thank you for our fantastic experience yesterday. The dogs were amazing and the trainers so supportive. The hearing dog talk was a great inside view and it's such a good charity to support. Thank you from us all." 

Caroline & Family. 


"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed taking the plunge on Saturday. Everyone there was so very welcoming, helpful and reassuring and made the day so special. The only shame was that the rescue went so quickly - we should have started from the island in the distance!

Thank you for organising this event!"

Sue. 


"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all your colleagues from Wagging Tails for organising such a wonderful event yesterday! Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to all involved and to your friends at Newfound Friends. You all worked so hard and raised so much money for my favourite charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - special thanks to Darcey for rescuing me!!!

What an experience and what a day I'll never forget!!! 

With very best wishes to you all."

Anne and Family. 


Thank to Chris Coates for producing the video of the day which you can view below: