Suffolk dog lover launches poppies for pooches appeal for second year to support armed forces
PUBLISHED: 10:31 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 24 September 2017
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A charity initiative which sees dogs - and some cats - proudly parading their own version of a poppy in support of servicemen and women is being launched for a second year.
Jill Asquith, from Willingham, near Beccles, launched the Poppies On 4 Paws Appeal last year, raising £2,500 by selling special clip-on poppies for pooches to wear in exchange for a donation to the Royal British Legion.
And following its success, this year she has also introduced poppy bandanas which are already proving a hit with dog owners.
Ms Asquith, who works at Wangford Veterinary Clinic and has five dogs of her own, said: “Last year it went brilliantly. The response we had was amazing and we raised over £2,500 just through selling the poppy clips.
“And I’ve seen some dogs wearing them all year round which makes me smile.
“So I thought I would add to it this year and do the bandanas as well and see if we can raise even more.”
The bandanas, which come in cream or black, are available in four sizes from small to extra large. And as well as the poppy pattern, the material includes the words “Lest we forget.”
Ms Asquith said: “Dogs throughout history have been called man’s best friend and it’s nice that they can do something too to raise money for a worthy charity. It makes me feel really proud when I see dogs wearing them.”
The bandanas have already sold out twice, with more orders now being taken. They cost £2.50 for a small and £5.50 for an extra large, with £1 from each bandana sold going to the legion. The poppy clips are available for a donation.
They are available from Wangford Veterinary Clinic at Pound Corner, Wangford, Cracks pet shop in Beccles and Maisebrooke Farm at Shipmeadow.
To boost the funds, Ms Asquith is also selling copies of her father book, written about his five years in captivity as a prisoner of war.
All the money will go towards supporting the armed forces, both serving, veterans and their families.
Anyone who buys a clip-on poppy or bandana is also asked to upload a photo of their pet wearing it via the website.