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Collars and Coats for Amanda Holden, Paul O’Grady, Rebecca Adlington and more at Battersea fundraiser

Paul O'Grady and Amanda Holden at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Paul O'Grady and Amanda Holden at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Friday, November 9, 2012
6:35 AM

Celebrities and four-legged friends took to the red carpet at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2012.

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Rebecca Adlington attends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeRebecca Adlington attends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Hosts Amanda Holden and Paul O’Grady were joined by celebrities including Battersea’s ambassador and international supermodel David Gandy, Olympians Rebecca Adlington and Joanne Jackson, and author Dame Jacqueline Wilson at last night’s event, as well as a number of the Home’s dogs.

Paul O’ Grady said: “I am having such a smashing time here at Battersea’s Collars and Coats Gala Ball, it’s great to be back supporting them and I hope it helps to shift some dogs and find them new homes. Eddie is doing so well living with me, he really does rule the roost.”

Amanda Holden said: “I am so pleased to be supporting an animal charity like Battersea – at the moment with the current economic climate we need organisations like these more than ever.”

Guests were given a “Battersea welcome” as the Home’s Guard of Honour, made up of dozens of Battersea dogs, ushered the arrivals down the red carpet.

David Gandy attends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeDavid Gandy attends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

This year’s event also included a Dogwalk, where internationally renowned designers including Julien McDonald, Giles Deacon, Zandra Rhodes and Matthew Williamson dressed the canine residents of the Home in exclusive dog coats and accessories. The coats and accessories were auctioned to raise money for the home.

David Gandy said: “I’m really pleased to join Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on their biggest night of the year at the Collars and Coats Gala Ball. In my role as ambassador for the Home, I have a vested interest in helping to make sure they raise much-needed funds to care for the thousands of animals that come through their doors every year.

“It’s also an honour to be hosting the dogwalk as it brings together the two loves of my life – fashion and animals. I hope the dogs enjoyed taking part - the designers did a wonderful job for them.”

Guests, who were entertained by performances from Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone, got to meet dogs on the red carpet and posed for pictures with the pooches.

Cheska Hull attends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeCheska Hull attends Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball at Battersea Evolution. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington said: “It has been amazing and I wanted to take all the dogs home, they were all so lovely, and so cute! Hopefully I can adopt a rescue dog from Battersea in the future.”

Dame Jacqueline Wilson said: “This has been an absolutely amazing evening and the dog Billy I held (for photos) was so gorgeous, I’m thinking of giving him a home! It is just a gorgeous evening and it’s all been done with such style.

“I love Battersea and it’s so special as you can see for yourself what happens to any money that you donate, and you can see how carefully Battersea match each dog to its owner. I am delighted to be a friend of Battersea”

Fashion critic Hilary Alexander said: “It’s a real honour to be unveiling such a fantastic array of canine couture, all expertly modelled by Battersea dogs in a fashion show like no other. On the dogwalk are a Greyhound in bejewelled Faberge collar, Beagles in Westwood and Labradors in Phillip Tracey and Julien McDonald.

Bibi the beagle dressed in a design by Vivienne Westwood. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeBibi the beagle dressed in a design by Vivienne Westwood. Picture: David Baird/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

“We’re thrilled to be working with so many of the world’s top designers and best of all, their incredible dog coats, collars and leads are all be auctioned off for a fantastic cause.”

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