LUVS has always had a strong commitment to charity work, evident through the many publicity campaigns and fundraising events that find themselves on the calendar throughout the year. Each academic year, LUVS supports three charities, two of which are subject to change each time a new committee is elected. Last year we raised a large amount of money for our chosen charities, and we hope to continue raising more and more with each succeeding year!
Clare Harrison Memorial Fund
The Clare Harrison Memorial Fund was established in 1995 at the University of Liverpool's School of Veterinary Sciences to support students experiencing financial difficulty.
The fund was set up in memory of Clare Harrison, who was tragically killed in a riding accident just as she began her fourth year.
Clare's parents Roger and Victoria, who administer the Fund, recognised that the Government's matched funding scheme could help them to maximise the donations received.
"This is a marvelous scheme and we wanted to help the University to take full advantage of it. The introduction of matched funding gave us the impetus to contact past recipients of the Fund and members of Clare's year group in order to generate additional donations, all of which are matched at the 3:1 ratio - a fantastic opportunity to support even more students than we'd originally hoped."
Merseyside Dogs Home
We are the only rescue on Merseyside dealing with local stray dogs, relying totally on public support. You may not know that we receive no government or lottery funding, which means we rely on donations from our supporters. We work closely with dog warden services of Merseyside to take in, rehabilitate and rehome the unclaimed and unwanted stray dogs in this area. We also provide education to the local community by visiting schools and educational establishments to talk about responsible pet ownership and to local dog owners by providing monthly consultation days with Kennel Club trainers. We provide activity days open to members of the public,as well as pioneering a pets-as-therapy programme in collaboration with the local homeless Whitechapel centre (Liverpool) to help vulnerable people’s rehabilitation. This is because we recognise the importance and benefits of human-dog interaction.
SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) is the charity for the working animals of the world.
Up to 200 million donkeys, horses, mules, camels and livestock support the livelihoods of many of the world’s poorest people, yet many lack access to even basic veterinary care.
Across the world, SPANA vets treat hundreds of thousands of animals each year, as well as training other animal health professionals to provide appropriate veterinary care. SPANA also works to build a better future for animals through their education programme, teaching children and animal owners respect and compassion for animals.
During conflict, drought and natural disaster, SPANA’s emergency programme gets help to animals and the communities who depend on them, whenever and wherever they’re needed.
SPANA’s vision is to be a positive influence in every developing country in the world where working animals are vulnerable through disease, poverty, ignorance or instability.
A whole week dedicated to raising money for our charities. Onesie day, vet school bake off and a charity pub crawl are just some of the events taking place throughout the week.
Charity Summer Ball
This is the final event in the LUVS Charities calendar of the academic year. There are many different charity fundraising opportunities over the evening including: A silent auction, raffles that include some very special prizes (think foreign travel!) and other bits and pieces. This is one of the biggest nights of year and should not be missed!
At most LUVS events including Leahurst parties and midweek talks, there is a raffle taking place. There are some great prizes up for offer including: Stethoscopes, alcohol, Christmas hampers, vet clothing, textbooks and many others. Keep an eye out on your emails before events. All money raised from the ticket sales goes to the LUVS supported charities.
This is a fun evening where everyone can pitch their general knowledge against others from the vet school. It is a ticketed event with all proceeds going to the LUVS supported charities.