A YOUNG North Devon singer has hit all the right notes to help save the sight of a German Shepherd dog. Tamsin Ball, 16, from Northam, staged a charity concert at the Elizabethan in Westward Ho! in April after reading that 11-month-old George needed a cat
A YOUNG North Devon singer has hit all the right notes to help save the sight of a German Shepherd dog.
Tamsin Ball, 16, from Northam, staged a charity concert at the Elizabethan in Westward Ho! in April after reading that 11-month-old George needed a cataracts operation.
On Sunday, the teenager handed over a cheque for £2,252.81 to George's new owners Eric and Marion Williams, of the Devon German Shepherd Rescue charity, who re-homed the pup after his previous owners were unable to afford to keep him.
The money was raised at the concert Tamsin organised with the help of her grandfather Maurice Heather. Money also came in from the sale of her debut six-track CD album and from a number of spin-off fund-raising events including a sponsored walk by Bideford great-grandmother Liz Watkins.
George's new owner Eric said: "We are overwhelmed by the efforts of so many people in such a short space of time; to raise that amount of money so quickly is unbelievable. George is extremely privileged that people in North Devon cared enough to help him.
"The money will pay for a lifetime of treatment for George; it will increase his chances of retaining his sight and immensely improve the quality of his life."
Eric and Marion have decided to hold off with the cataracts operation, which only has a 15 per cent success rate. Instead, they will use the money - secured in a trust in George's name - to pay for lifelong treatment, including thrice-daily eye drops and visits to an eye specialist every eight or 10 weeks.
"We've re-homed 14 German Shepherds and George is the best yet," added Eric. "He's a brilliant dog - so friendly and full of life and we want to say a massive thank-you to all the people who supported him in whatever way they could."
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.