A few weeks ago, I was the "Lucky" winner of a Bungee Jump, which was a prize in a raffle run by the brilliant dog rescue charity Team Poundie, who do so much amazing work saving the lives of abandoned pooches up and down the UK.
Most people know how terrified of heights I am, so my immediate reaction was to say thanks but no thanks.
However, (with a little persuasion from Ann and Reg) I quickly realised that this is a great opportunity to raise more much needed funds for team Poundie by doing the jump myself. I did have one hope, and that was that because I am over 50 (I know I don't look it. Or act it) I had to be declared fit to jump by my GP.
Unfortunately, (and I'm sure he was "got at" by Ann and Reg) he delivered the devastating news, that even though he thought I was bonkers, I am fit and able to throw myself off a tiny platform, 160 above the ground with a bit of elastic tied to my ankles which is supposedly going to save me from being smashed to a pulp on the ground below.
Let me tell you a bit more about Team Poundie.
Every day, there are dogs who through no fault of their own, are either dumped to be left to their own devices and then taken to the council dog pounds or those who the owners just take them there directly.
Either way, at the moment they enter the Pound, in most cases they are now on death row with just seven days to be claimed or rescued before being put to sleep.
(Copied from the Team Poundie Web Page)
All dogs saved from the Pound go through rescue. Team Poundie saves dogs that are on death row through no fault of their own that have ended up in a pound with no owner and no one responsible for them what we do is get dogs out of pounds and also sometimes what we call hand ins which are dogs that for whatever reason the owners can no longer keep. We prevent those dogs ending up on Gumtree and suchlike because those poor dogs very often end up being used as bait dogs in dog fighting rings or for other horrible situations abused by so called humans.
We support the ethos of saving dogs who will be put to sleep in seven days as the councils have no legal obligation to keep them alive after seven days Cathy gets dogs into non destruct rescue spaces where dogs are then assessed and are eventually adopted.
We have to have fees to cover kennels (Emergency Boarding) because sometimes the dogs cannot go straight to rescue also we cover vet treatments neuter/Spey vacs etc with currently all fundraising through Facebook, but we struggle and would like to be in a better position financially to be able to help with the dogs and to raise awareness of poundie dogs and their plight. We want to campaign for the dogs and educate people on what a terrible situation has arisen from the over breeding and non neutering of dogs, they are sad – broken- very often very poorly – cruelly treated – scared to death. We even have dogs sent to rehab to save their souls when they have shut down and given up on the world.
Team Poundie believe we can make a difference and we are……with a growing strong following.
So over to you …... Every penny you can sponsor me for to risk losing my dashing good looks and my dignity when I leap from the platform screaming like a little girl, will go towards saving precious lives and then relocating them to loving homes.
Thank you in advance