Rob Armstrong from Medburn in Newcastle Upon Tyne now owns his own pack of Snowdogs but after purchasing four pooches, he decided to gift the Elvis Presley inspired Hound Dog to The Alan Shearer Centre.
“I’m involved in a lot of North East charities so when a member of staff from St Oswald’s told me about Great North Snowdogs and the auction I promised her I’d go along. I’ve supported the Hospice in one way or another for quite a few years now, as a close friend of mine died there. After seeing the care he received I’m always keen to provide support.
“I saw quite a few of the dogs around the city centre but didn’t do the trail myself. I strongly feel that St Oswald’s did what very few charities manage to – they engaged with so many North East people and captured everyone’s imagination. On the night of the auction I promised my two daughters (Khloe aged 6 and Brooke aged 10) they could buy one dog each and as I’m such a big Newcastle United fan I was there to win Newcastle United Inspired. I also bid on and won the Elvis inspired Hound Dog."
Rob’s newly built swimming pool is now home to his three Snowdogs but as he’s a huge supporter of the Alan Shearer Centre he decided to donate Hound Dog to them to use to raise funds.
“The Alan Shearer Centre is a specialist respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and sensory impairments. They are another charity I like to support and as I was attending their Ball not long after the auction I decided to give them Hound Dog. The plan is to rent him out in exchange for a donation to the Centre. When Elvis isn’t on tour he’ll be back at the Centre for the families and children to see. The dogs are a great investment and will last forever and a day, I don’t think they will ever age and they are all so unique.”
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