reel in £2,000 to save Bob the VIP dog from bankruptcy!
at a Burnham-On-Sea care home who are looking after a VIP dog
whose owner died several years ago have this week thanked a group
of fishermen who have raised £2,000 to save the pooch from
a black Labrador, is a resident at Burnham Lodge Nursing Home
after his owner, Burnham war veteran Harold Pursey, died
the death of his owner, the nursing home's staff, residents and
social worker have worked hard to raise funds to keep a trust
fund topped up for Bob's ongoing veterinary fees.
recently issued an appeal for funds when it emerged he was near
bankruptcy, as we reported
Saturday, a group of anglers came together from far and wide to
support Burnham's most loveable pooch!
successful fishing event at Brean's Northam Farm - organised by
Ray Smith from Burnham Lodge Nursing Home - raised a staggering
total of over £2,000.
Mayor Martin Cox said: "On behalf of Burnham Lodge and Bobby
himself a huge thank you goes to Northam Farm who kindly donated
the lake and their time. The event was well supported despite
the cold weather conditions."
battled to win trophies and the contest was won by Mervyn Clark
(pictured right) while second was Andy Fry and the joint third
places were shared by Dave Corkhill and Barry Farrow. Fourth was
George Hancock. A special trophy was presented to Dave Corkhill
for the biggest fish of the day, a Ghost Carp weighing 21lb.
Cox, accompanied by Bob himself, presented the certificates and
prizes, and congratulated all those involved and even presented
Bobby with a special bone!
also thanked the event's sponsors who included Any Other Business,
Animal Fayre, Ashley Edwards Funeral Directors, Bridgwater Angling,
Burnham Angling Centre, Burnham Lodge, Cooper B Line, Dunstan
House, Equip Test, Highbridge CRS, Highbridge Veals, Home Hardware
DIY, K9 Bodyworks, K9 Hydrotherapy, Pete supporting Bob and Tip
Top Pet Care.
Worker Judith Alder, who oversees Bobs care, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"At 13½ years old, Bobby remains a happy, contented
and lovable companion to all residents, visitors and staff."
the years his health has been troublesome, resulting in significant
veterinary fees. He has recently successfully undergone further
surgery and is now back to good health. Bobs care plan includes
acupuncture and hydrotherapy for his arthritis which is funded
by an anonymous benefactor."
is enjoying a life of luxury, but unbeknown to him he was slowly
going bankrupt! To that end, staff and local fishermen rallied
together and the fishing competition was held."
The scenes at Saturday's fishing competition held for VIP dog
Bob from Burnham Nursing Home (pics Mike Lang)