Charity concert bid to save sight of dog
A NORTH Devon teenager is to use her voice to help save the sight of an eight-month old German shepherd dog. Classically trained singer Tamsin Ball, 16, from Northam, is staging a charity concert at the Elizabethan in Westward Ho! on Saturday, April 17 to
A NORTH Devon teenager is to use her voice to help save the sight of an eight-month old German shepherd dog.
Classically trained singer Tamsin Ball, 16, from Northam, is staging a charity concert at the Elizabethan in Westward Ho! on Saturday, April 17 to raise money for blind puppy George.
Tamsin, with the help of her grandfather Maurice Heather, has put together an evening of entertainment and song featuring four local acts after learning that George needed a cataracts operation.
It is hoped that the "Eyes For George" concert will help the Devon German Shepherd Rescue charity to meet the �3,000-�4,000 cost of the treatment.
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Apprentice hairdresser Tamsin, who has appeared in several theatre productions at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple, including Les Mis�rables, The King and I and Thoroughly Modern Millie, went to meet George after hearing of his plight.
"George is such a beautiful dog and so sweet natured, Tamsin was desperate to do something to help so we put our heads together and decided to hold a concert," said Maurice.
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"Tamsin is also releasing her debut six track album to help raise money for George," he added.
All proceeds from the CD and the concert will go to Okehampton-based Devon German Shepherd Rescue, which has taken on George after his previous owners in Redruth, Cornwall, were unable to afford his treatment and could not re-home him.
He has been given a permanent new home by one the charity's trustees but will need an operation, as well as lifelong treatment, to be able to see.
The charity's rescue and re-homing co-ordinator Lin Lines, also of Northam, told the Gazette that George was set to return to the eye specialist in April.
"There is one eye that we know we can't save but we are putting in drops every day and are keeping our fingers crossed that we can save the second," said Lin.
"We are so grateful to Tamsin and Maurice. We had never met them before and couldn't believe it when they came up with the idea to hold a concert for George.
"George is gorgeous - hence the name 'Gorgeous George'; he's not got a bad bone in his body and is so gentle in everything he does.
"He loves people - so much so that we've since made him the charity's mascot.
"He'll be there at the concert to see everybody in before going off for a walk. The idea is that any extra money raised will go to help out an awful lot of very poorly German Shepherds."
The concert, also featuring MC Kenny Pearce, The Alan Lewis All Star Jazz Band, and Mike Roberts as "The Phantom", starts at 8pm. Tickets cost �5 and are available on (01237) 470006.
The small team of volunteers at Devon German Shepherd Rescue has rescued and re-homed more than 200 dogs in the last two years.
For more information about the charity or to get involved, visit www.devongsdrescue.org.uk or telephone (01237) 425354.