Big dogs earn their Christmas dinner with £5k fund-raising

Newfoundlands pulling Christmas trees at Elveden Newfoundlands pulling Christmas trees at Elveden

Saturday, December 21, 2013
7:09 AM

A pack of working dogs whose efforts have created the jingle of Christmas cash definitely deserve a turkey leg this year after raising more than £5,000 for charity.

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Newfoundland dogs have been visiting the Elveden Estate for 12 years, helping customers by delivering freshly-bought Christmas trees to cars in return for a donation.

This year was the dogs’ best year yet, with £5,216 being raised over three weekends.

The East Anglian Working Newfoundland group, who look after the dogs, have now raised more than £48,000 at the estate.

The money will go to a number of charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, who have been given £20,000 since the scheme began. The Hemsby Lifeboat service will also benefit this year after the storm surge.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “We would like to thank Lord and Lady Iveagh for their help, Jim Rudderham from Elveden Estate and everyone who donated.”

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