Christmas was certainly in the air at one of London’s most pawsome events ‘An Evening with All Dogs Matter’ hosted at the lavishly beautiful Burgh House in Hampstead. Awash with doggy festivities and a special appearance from patron Ricky Gervais and his lovely partner Jane Fallon, it was an evening which felt as though you had been personally invited into someone’s living room for Christmas dinner.
Founder Ira Moss and husband Phil Lassman hosted the night and one of the highlights of any ‘All Dogs Matter’ event is the wonderful, cheeky banter between the couple which has the audience chuckling in their seats.
The Hayward Sisters opened the show with some beautiful songs from the 50’s era, this was followed by speeches by patron Peter Egan, touching poetry by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and the fun ‘Would I lie to you’ segment where guests Kevin O’Sullivan, Georgia Slowe, Peter Egan, Anneka Svenska and Jonathan Wittenberg would recount a tale and the audience would have to guess if it was true or not.
Finally there was a beautiful auction with the most unbelievable prizes, including a weird but wonderful ‘celebrity beast’ painting of Joanna Lumley as half dog half person painted by Caroline Sykes. http://www.carolinesykes.co.uk/celebs/celebs.html
Animal Advocate Angela Humphery and her husband Martin were awarded a lifetime achievement award by All Dogs Matter recognising their hard work in animal rescue and activism. The couple have spent years helping All Dogs Matter and numerous other charities and causes.
Robert James Clarke donated two dog portrait commissions: http://www.robertjamesclarkeart.com/
A wonderful Christmas cake was donated by Debby Waldron Cakes http://www.debbywaldron.com/
Beautiful photos of the night were taken by Ian Morrison of DogStar Photos http://DogstarPhoto.co.uk