Fundraising Events

Supporters put on all sorts of different events and perform all sorts of different feats to raise money to keep the Ark going and we need every one of those people and their magnificent efforts and are more  grateful to every single one than we can express. Below are both forthcoming events and fundraising events achieved on our behalf. If these wonderful people inspire others to do the same, then we couldn’t be more pleased.

Pink Floyd Tribute Band Fundraiser

Full on Floyd a top Pink Floyd tribute band are doing a fundraiser on Sat Dec 9th at The Spiders Web pub in Cleethorpes. They did one for us last year and it raised £550. Tickets are available from the Spiders Web at £5 each on a first come first served basis.



Charkie the Crocodile book

charlie_bookWe’ve been informed by Rosita Bird, the author of this book and Ark supporter,charlie_book
that the Charlie book is now available in its revamped form on Amazon to a worldwide audience. All royalties to be paid to the Ark. It can be reached via this link:



Guy Martin’s Donation

As many people will already know, Guy Martin made a fantastically generous donation of £10,000 to the Ark before Christmas. We’ve now started spending the money for items needed around the site:

  1. 2 x new retractable hosepipes, one each stationed near the main kennel blocks. The girls are thrilled with them as they make the job of cleaning out the kennels so much easier and there’s less water spillage.
  2. 4 x replacement fire extinguishers placed at strategic positions around the site
  3. We’re in the process of erecting an overhang to the kennels on the Retirement block and the grass pen block so the dogs don’t wet so wet in their runs during wet weather
  4. We’ve just been given a second washing nmachine (Thank you Beth Button) which means that we can have one in the kennels kitchen as well as the cattery and make washing bedding more efficient. Guy’s money will pay for it to be plumbed in.

A great big thank you to Guy for this donation and his continuing support. We’ll be using more of the money for improvementsaround the site soon.


Ark Amazon Wish List

PictureJust a reminder that our Amazon Wish List is still up and running. If you’d like to help in this way, click on the Amazon logo to the right and you’ll be taken straight there.

Pets at Home VIP Club

By registering to join the Very Important Pets Club at Pets At Home, members can enjoy discounts as well as supporting animal charities of their choice amongst other advantages. To register visit When asked which store you use, you can choose either Pets At Home, Hewitt’s Circus, Cleethorpes or Alexandra Retail Park, Grimsby and not just the Alexandra Retail Park branch, as previously stated. Both stores have nominated the Ark and are participating in the scheme. As a result of this support the Ark receives vouchers worth considerable amounts which we can redeem in the store for things we need for the animals, so it’s worth doing as everybody is a winner.

Ark Charity Shop Open in Mablethorpe

Ark Charity Shop Open in Mablethorpe

Our new charity shop, located at 18 Victoria Road, Mablethorpe, LN12 2AQ, has opened. Clothes, bedding, bric-a-brac and other items for sale can be taken there. Opening times are expected to be Monday-Saturday 10am to 3pmPlease note, due to running costs and overheads, the Ark will only receive 20% of the takings (compared to 10% of most major charity shops). We see this as 20% extra money to help with our work but is being run at present on a trial basis till we assess how it works.


Previous Events

Events that others have completed on our behalf.

Mark’s sponsored swim

Mark, one of our regular volunteers did a sponsored swim on behalf of the Ark and swam 128 lengths (2 miles) in 105 minutes and raised £121. Well done Mark and a big thank you! We hear he’s planning on doing another one soon.

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Fund-raising Dog Wash



The Groom Room, Weelsby Street South, Grimsby, DN32 8DN is holding a Dog Wash Fundraiser on behalf of the Ark. It’s being held on Ftiday & Saturday 13th & 14th October next.

Wash & dry will cost:                                                                                                           Small dogs –  £10                                                                                                                       Large dogs – £15

Please telephone Leanne on 07534520869 for more details and booking. There are still a few places left on Friday 13th but Saturday is now fully booked..

Leanne only did the fundraiser one out of the two days in the end due to insufficient bookings but still managed to raise £113.59 for the Ark! We can’t thank Leanne enough for giving up her time and earnings to help our animals as well as the people who supported her and us by booking a dog wash.



Ark Dog Show Sunday 15th October 2017

dog_showdog_show_classesWe’re holding a fun dog show at the Ark to raise funds.

There will be Have a Go Agility and Clear Round Agility with a prize for the best clear round.

Various dog show classes, to be judged by Pamela Dempsey our dog psychologist and trainer


The first class will start at 12 midday.

Please come along with your dogs and join in the fun as well as boosting our funds ahead of the winter.


The day was very busy and a great success. We raised £705.79! Thank you to Pamela Dempsey who sponsored the rosettes and judged all the classes. Also thanks to everybody and their dogs who attended and donated. We’ve already bought kitten food pouches as we’re getting through 40 a day at the moment, paid for central heating for the kennels and servicing of the boilers and a pallet of wood-based cat litter. The remainder will go into our vet account to help cover upcoming vet bills. What a difference today has made!



Sam’s Cake Sale

Young Sam Godfrey wanted to raise money for the Ark and had a cake sale. He got busy in the kitchen, (no doubt with the help of his mum) and produced a load of cakes and raised a whopping £100! He presented the money to the Ark on 25th August and has sent us some pictures. We’re always so impressed when youngsters make such fantastic efforts like Sam’s to raise money to help animals in need. The future is in safe hands with compassionate young people showing what they can do. Thank you so much Sam and you can be justly proud of what you’ve achieved!



Lifestyle Challenge 2017

Once again we have a team of Lifestylers working in aid of the Ark. This year’s team is a group of 11 year olds, supported by a couple of parents. They have called themselves Change 4 Charity and the children are Harvey, Jamie, Mia, and Oliver. They’ve visited the Ark to arrange some volunteering and already held a carboot sale in New Waltham.

Watch this space for more activities they’ve arranged.


Dog Fun & ANimal Charities Day Sunday 2nd July

Sara took along her tombola stall and she and Sue also entered their dogs in to the dog show, both winning ribbons. The day fetched £172.20 for the Ark. Well done ladies and thank you to Stewton house and all involved for supporting us,

Water & Wine Stall Sunday 13th August

One of our Staff members, Emma, is doing a water & Wine stall in aid of the Ark at Saltfleet Gala on Sunday 13th August at 7pm.

If anybody can donate both bottles of wine and empty wine bottles she would be very grateful. They can be dropped off at the Ark any day 8.30am-4pm.


Lesley’s Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge 28th May 2017


Lesley Wilkinson wanted to celebrate turning 50 by doing something memorable and decided to take the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge and raise money for the Ark at the same time. She completed this grueling course in 10 hours 31 minutes which is fantastic and has raised £500 into the bargain which she presented to us on Saturday 10th June. We can’t thank Lesley enough and know how hard she must have trained to do this. As can be seen from the photo it was misty at the top but Lesley says it was all worthwhile due to the champagne and cheese friends had waiting for her at the finish!

An enormous THANK YOU, Lesley!

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Lee’s Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge 17th June 2017


Lee Shufflebotham is an Ark supporter and is doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of the Ark. He’s training hard and hoping to get as much sponsorship as possible. He has sponsor forms at work, his mums and at home and the Ark also has a copy. If you can’y get to physically sign a form, you can contact lee on or us at the Ark and your name and sponsor amount can be added and you can pay via the PayPal link on this website, stating the donation is for lee’s challenge.

Please support Lee and the Ark in what is a very challenging fundraiser.

UPDATE:- Lee completed the challenge on what was the hottest weekend of the year in a fantastic 9 hours 21 minutes. That’s some going in that heat and we send our enormous thanks and gratitude for putting himself through that for us. The final amount raised was a fantastic £500. You’re a star, Lee!







Ruby & Ellis’s 5km run

Ruby and Ellis are the proud owners, with their mum and dad, of Blizzard and ex-Ark dog. They have decided to raise money to help other animals in our care and are completing a 5km run on Saturday 17th June 2017. Their mum is justly proud of them, as are we at the Ark and she’s set up a GoFundMe donation page on Facebook. Please see the details via this link:

Please support these great children .



Helen’s Memorial Charity Darts Competition


This competition is being held in memory of Helen (affectionately known as “H”), who tragically died. She was a supporter of the Ark and great friend of our manager Sue,


The evening raised £387. Thank you to those who arranged it and all who attended in memory of Helen and to raise money for the Ark.

Furniture Auction

A lady in Cleethorpes who has adopted dogs from us has kindly left the contents of her home to the Ark in her will.Her family managed to sell some privately and we held an auction on our Facebook page for the rest. With a donation from the family to round up the figure, they’re able to send us £1,000, which is absolutely wonderful.

Our thanks go to mrs Kay Jones, daughter to the deceased lady who has worked hard to dispose of everything and get us a good sum and to everybody who bid in the auction.




Sponsored 10kms run

Supporters Debbie Holden, Sue Hiles and Natalie Pilcher are doing a sponsored 10kms run in aid of the Ark on 2nd April. If you’d like to sponsor these ladies please ring Debbie at Eastfield vets Tel: 01472840209 and give your details. Sponsor money can be given to Debbie or paid into our PayPal account via our website but please add a note it’s for the sponsored run.

Wow! These ladies raised £1,010 which they’ve just presented to the Ark, photos to follow. An enormous thank you to Debbie, Sue and Natalie for this fantastic effort and to all who supported them.