Care home raises £5k to look after late-resident's beloved dog

Published Tuesday, Nov 26 2013, 21:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Dogs are often seen as man's best friend and this couldn't be more true for war veteran Harold Pursey.

When 94-year-old Harold passed away in 2010, he used his last £660 to set up a trust fund for Bob, his black Labrador.

The money meant Bob could stay on at Burnham Lodge Care Home, where they had both lived since 2009. Harold had insisted on taking Bob when he needed to go in to residential care, as the cute pup had been his only companion for ten years.

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Staff at the Burnham-on-Sea home in Somerset, signed a contract agreeing to adopt Bob when Harold passed away.

However, 13-year-old Bob is not getting any younger and has recently endured treatment for his stiff joints, resulting in costly vet bills.

The home realised they would quickly need to raise money to cover the costs and organised a whole host of fundraising events for Harold's pooch.

Staff participated in sponsored walks and fishing competitions, eventually managing to raise £5,000 to pay for beloved Bob's vet charges.

Judith Alder, who looks after Bob at the home, expressed her delight: "We are chuffed to bits. There was such a response to Bob. Everybody adores him," she told the Daily Express.

She added: "The treatment is well worth it. He puts a smile on everybody's faces, so he is very therapeutic."

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