Haywards Heath vet’s pet calendar raises funds for charity

Mewes Vets in Haywards Heath is raising money for Medical Detection Dogs from sales of their pet calendar. Haywards Heath mayor Sujan Wickremaratchi and his family with Medical Detection Dogs volunteer Dr Moira Harrison and her dog Treacle,  and practice director  Julia Mewes - picture by Woody Salvage

Mewes Vets in Haywards Heath is raising money for Medical Detection Dogs from sales of their pet calendar. Haywards Heath mayor Sujan Wickremaratchi and his family with Medical Detection Dogs volunteer Dr Moira Harrison and her dog Treacle, and practice director Julia Mewes - picture by Woody Salvage

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The winner of a Haywards Heath veterinary clinic’s Pet Model competition was announced on Saturday (December 12) by mayor councillor Sujan Wickremaratch.

Springer spaniel Eddie won first prize at The Mewes Vet’s Surgery Christmas Party and will appear on the cover on the clinic’s charity calendar for 2016 after he was chosen from roughly 300 entries.

A total of £380 was raised, which will be donated to the Medical Detection Dogs, an organisation that trains dogs to help people with life threatening conditions.

Charity volunteer, Dr Moira Harrison, who has Type 1 diabetes and suffers from a heart condition, said: “Treacle saves my life every day.

“He warns me if my blood sugar starts dropping fast, which could trigger a fatal heart attack.”

She added: “Without him my life would be impossible.”

Mewes Vet Surgery Director Julia Mews said the audience was ‘spellbound’ by Dr Harrison’s story.

Ms Mewes said with Treacle Dr Harrison is ‘capable of living a life she couldn’t otherwise lead’.

The average cost of a dog’s two-year-long training is £11,000 and, with a waiting list that could easily go up to four years, Ms Mewes said the charity have limited funds to keep up with the pressure.

She said: “Their invaluable work is funded entirely by events such as these, which is why it was an easy choice to support the charity through our party and calendar sales this year.”

The surgery also hosted a similar fundraising event last year, helping an independent wildlife charity.

The Pet Model winner was awarded £100 worth of pet food vouchers, while other entrants were given £20 worth of tokens.

Calendars can be found here: www.themewesvets.co.uk/contact

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