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.

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.


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.


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 .



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:



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.


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.


Donations and Christmas wishes from Supporters


We have received so many good wishes from supporters for over the Christmas period. People are being so generous in thinking about our animals and making sure they’re catered for too. We can’t thank people enough as there are so many who are calling in with thoughtful donations, big and small. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY, too numerous to mention them all! below are a just a few::

STAFF AT FEDEX, SPILSBY who already support us all year by acting as one of our collection points and dropping off donations when fedex-sausagesthey’re in the area, decided to cook sausages on Christmas Eve morning to bring over later in the day as treats for the dogs. Our animals are going to be wishing it was christmas Day every day! Thank you to all at Fedex, not just for today but for your support all year round.






STEPHANIE GRAY had the brilliant idea of charging her workmates for her and her HR Team at TUI UK&I based in Luton to wrap up their Christmas presents. They wrapped 129 parcels in total during the week immediately before Christmas and raised £200 to be shared between the Ark and another charity, so they paid £100 into our PayPal account They even had help from her two cats!







FOCUS INDEPENDENT ADULT SOCIAL WORK CIC, Heritage House, Grimsby chose the Ark as their chosen charity of the year and raised £1,100 and also collected food for us by holding a staff Christmas Social where the staff run games and competitions to raise funds. The majority of the money was raised through a raffle where a number of their suppliers and associated businesses very generously donated prizes. They have asked if we can include the list of donors as a way of saying thank you to them (see below). Quite a list of generous companies! The photo shows two of our representatives, Pat and Sam with Focus staff and Betty, a black Labrador/Mastiff cross one of our current residents waiting for a new home.the-ark-presentation


Humber Royal Hotel, Playhouse Cinema – Louth, Jug & Bottle – Holten-le-Clay, Martin Steel Photography, CARS of Grimsby LTD, Abstract Tattoo Studio, Boden, Florence’s Coffee Shop, Forrester Boyd, Mercedes Benz,                         City Electrical Factors Limited, Specsavers, Grimsby, Cleethorpes Kitchen Centre, Fast Frames, Grimsby,, JKF Valeting, Eurolec, John Turner’s Butcher,                   The Trawlerman, Cleethorpes,RED, Wilkin & Chapman Solicitors, Grimsby Town FC, Kenwick Park, David Marshall – Personal Trainer, Beechwood Farm, Joe Warner, Healing pond.  



ELAINE & CHARLIE FAWN called in with £1,000 in cash, raised from holding car boot sales during the summer and a family Christmaselaine-sue-charlie party with raffle. They have asked for donations of decent bric-a-brac for next year’s effort and will collect. If anybody has any please get in touch with address and phone number and we’ll pass it on. The photo shows Elaine and Charlie handing the momey over to Sue Rice, helped by Rocky the dog, one of our current residents.






KENWICK DRESSAGE at Kenwick Park, nr Louth has raised £202 by holding a concourse class and a raffle.



This local mobile dog groomer has donated £200 for theanimals at Christmas






While NIKII MALONE has launched a shoebox appeal of food, treats and toys for all the animals at the Ark and delivered everything on 23rd December. There was a pick-up truck and her car full of stuff, parcels for the animals, food, bedding, beds, you name it she dog-pressiesbrought it! There was an enormous amount, so much that we suggested some of the bedding went to another rescue to help them. The picture shows the results of the dog shoebox appeal with another load for the cats.

Nikii has put so much hard work into collecting everything and wrapping all the gifts to achieve her aim of making sure that all our animals all get a Christmas present. The delivery looked like a military operation putting the right things in the right pile! Thank you so much Nikii and friends for doing this for us. We’re thrilled to bit with result!



Others are collecting food and toys, we’ve had donations and wishes sent via PayPal and an offer to give a hand with the work that still has to be done, at Christmas, just like any other day of the year.
We can’t thank everyone enough for all the different kinds of help and support that’s being offered. It’s heartwarming that so many people are thinking of animals having to be in rescue over the festive season. And it’s amazing how many of our previous residents have learned to type since being rehomed and sent their own Christmas greetings to staff, volunteers and their dog, cat and rabbit friends left behind!


2017 Calendar


Our calendar isnow available at last. We apologise for the delay which was due to factors beyond our control. The cost is £5 per calendar plus p&p as necessary. It’s available from the Ark or by post. Any other venues will be posted.



Rabbit/Guinea Pig Nail Clipping

Diane, one of our small furry foster mums in Grimsby, has offered her services of clipping rabbit and guinea pig nails for people who find it difficult to do. She’s asking for a donation of £3 for a rabbit and £2 for a guinea pig, all donations to go to the Ark.

If you’d like her to clip your rabbit’s or guinea pig’s nails please contact us including your contact number and Diane will contact you to arrange an appointment for you to bring your pet to her.

This is a very reasonable price for the service, cheaper than Pets at Home, so why not keep your pet comfortable and help the animals at the Ark at the same time?


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.

Rosita’s book in aid of The Ark

rosita's bookRosita Bird, who has adopted a dog from the Ark and regularly supports us, has written a children’s book, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Ark. The book “Charlie, The Crocodile Who Couldn’t Catch a Cold” is aimed at 3-7 year olds and sells at £2.99 a copy and is available from The Ark,  both Eastfield vet surgeries Rase Vets in Grimsby, Clee vets, Manby Post Office, Muddy Paws, Windmill Garage Saltfleet and The Support Shop, Ingoldmells.

If you have young children in your family, please support the Ark by buying them this charming book.

The book is now available on YouTube, see below:

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.

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,

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!







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.




Xmas Fayre on Sunday 20th November 2016 1.30-4.30pm.


This Fayre is being held at St. Peter’s Church Hall, St Peter’s Avenue, Cleethorpes and the proceeds are being shared between the Ark and the RNLI. There are lots of stalls and activities and promises to be a great afternoon. Please support us and go along and look for some Christmas presents.

The Gauntlets Strike Back Lifestyle Challenge 2016




The Gauntlets Strike Back Lifestyle team returned to the Ark this summer to help us some more. They won the challenge last year so how could they top that? But they’ve been fantastic again in painting kennels, fences and sheds, revamping the rabbit garden and helping out wherever asked on the site. They also held a Family Fun Day and a sponsored night walk over the Humber Bridge, as well as collecting bedding and other items we need. They have shown such dedication and enthusiasm in everything they’ve done and have had the back up of supportive parents who have ferried them around. The challenge is now over and their log books are in for judging and they’ve handed over a cheque to the Ark for £1,002.63p

These girls have done a fantastic job and we’re so grateful they chose us for their challenge. We’re really proud of what they’ve achieved and hope they are too. They should be.

Humber Bridge Night Walk



Please please please sponsor The Gauntlets Strike Back lifestyle team on their Humber bridge night walk on Friday 2nd September. They are still £100 short of their target. Thanks in advance for all your support so far.

If you would like to support them you can do so by clicking on their Facebook post  Please help the girls reach their target. They’re so nearly there.

The walk was completed in really good time and the sponsor money so far raised from the walk is £215.83 and there’s more yet to be collected. What troopers these girls are!


Dog Show & Table Top Sale

There is to be a Fun Dog Show and table top sale to be held at the Ark on Sunday 18th September, starting at 2pm. Charges per class
is £1 per dog per class. There will be classes for Obedience, Fancy Dress, Oldest, best trick and Naughtiest, amongst others.

The dog show was a great success and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves. Pamela Dempsey, dog psychologist and trainer from Paw Patrol Dog Services who Runs Dog Rehab classes and Dog Park at the Ark was the judge. It must have been a difficult job but she coped admirably. Thank you Pamela.

Our thanks also to Rosette Heaven from Huttoft who supplied all our rosettes. They were the best we’ve seen and made the occasion more special for everybody. They can be found on Facebook simply by typing on their name.

And last but not least, thank you all who came along and joined in with their dogs and everybody who helped out on the day. We raised £422. Below are just a few of the photos taken on the day.



Lifestylers’ Funday Saturday 27th August 12-4pm.

The Gauntlets Strike Back Lifestyle team have organised a Funday in aid of the Ark to be held at The Academy Grimsby (TAG) at fundayWestwood Ho, DN34 5AE on Saturday 27th August 12noon-4pm. There are to be stalls, games, BBQ, ice creams and prizes and they’ve persuaded the police and fire brigade to support them by bringing along a police car and an ambulance.

It promises to be a great event and fun for the children, so please support them and us.

The weather wasn’t good and after having to pay out for the bouncy castle, the girls still managed to raise a magnificent £335:63 Well done girls!

And on to their next venture…….


A few thank you’s

Thank you to everybody involved!

The Wagon & Horses at South Reston, nr Louth held a fundraiser on our behalf and raised £132.10 Sara, one of our staff members, helped out by running a tombola.

Golden Sands Holiday Park at Mablethorpe held a dog show and raised £480.00 Two of the staff members shaved their heads after getting caravan owners to pay £100 to do so!

A big thank you to Freda Lammin on raising £107.50 from her monthly dog walk.


Animal Fun Day at South Elkington


An Animal Fun Day arranged by Nikki Lancaster at Muddy Paws Country Store in South Elkington brought in £183 for the Ark. The money was raised by Sara Drage, an Ark member of staff, doing Guess the Weight” of her dog Kiarno, by entries for classes for the dog show and by stallholders donating a portion of their profits to the Ark.

Thank you to Nikki, Sara and Kiarno and all who donated.

Thank you to the children of Grainthorpe, Marshchapel & North Cotes schools

A big thank you to the primary school children of three village schools, Grainthorpe, Marshchapel and North Cotes. They raised £348.17 by having a non-uniform day in school by dressing up as animals, holding special assemblies and running tuck shops. They rounded it all off by visiting the Ark for a look round, meeting some of the animals they have helped and also bringing bedding and food that they’d collected.

A big thank you to all the children and their teachers and parents who have supported them.


Walk in Grimoldby, 19th June

Peter and Freda Lammin are organising another Dog and Family walk to set off from Little Lambs, Middlesykes Lane, Grimoldby, LN11 8TE at 10.30am on Sunday 19th June. Once again bacon butties will be available from 11am.

Dogs are welcome on leads and the walk is £2 adults £1 children. All proceeds to the Ark, please pass the word round.

This is the third walk Peter and Freda have organised so it’s becoming a monthly event. Please support if you can.


Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Fiona Rudrum and her husband are hoping to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on 27th June and to raise funds for the Ark. This is a grueling challenge so we wish them every success.

If you’d like to support them and the Ark you can do so by contacting Fiona on 07871549663.

Mission accomplished! Fiona wrote: Well we completed the challenge in 11 hours and 26 minutes ! which we were delighted with but it certainly was a challenge and very painful. We had mixed weather conditions which hampered our speed at times and certainly challenged our spirits. It was all worthwhile though as we have managed to raise  £200.00 with sponsors and donations”. Well done Fiona and husband, who was with her all the way. We’re so grateful for the donation but also for all the training and effort you must have put in on our behalf. Below are a few photos sent from the to tops.






Sponsored Viking Way Walk

Ian Brace who adopted dog Marley from the Ark is walking the Viking Way with Marley from 15th May ’16 to raise marleyfunds for us. It will be the 40th anniversary of the Viking Way Walk and is 147 miles long. It starts at the Humber Bridge and finishes at Oakham in Rutland.

Ian and Marley are doing the walk over two weeks , splitting into sections to allow for Marley’s capabilities.

Any sponsorship for Ian and Marley will be gratefully received and Ian can be contacted at or via the Ark and we’ll pass details onto him.

We’re told Marley is training hard!!”

07/04/16  We’ve received an update from Ian, extracts below:

Only 6 Weeks to go before we are up & running (Or should I say walking).
To those of you that have already donated / pledged many thanks, I have to say the response has been fantastic.
We start off on 15th May at The Humber Bridge with the first leg is 14 Miles & finishing at Barnetby Le Wold.
We are now working on press coverage for the start & it would be great to have a figure that we can give them at the start as to how much has been donated / Pledged.
The training is going well with a big push from 28th April. I am being accompanied on the trip by a lady with her Black Labrador who is an ambassador for Alzheimers (Hope the Dogs get on), she has only done small challenges to date like climbing Ben Nevis in the dark & Everest (To the Base Camp) so I am sure we will keep up ?
Once again , many thanks for your support.
Ian & Marley Brace
Ian and Marley made it! And between them they raised a massive £2003.10!!!! That’s a phenomenal amount and a huge thank you goes from us to them both. Their journey in pictures below:

Walk in Grimoldby, 15th May

Peter and Freda Lammin are organising another Dog and Family walk to set off from Little Lambs, Middlesykes Lane, Grimoldby, LN11 8TE at 10.30am on Sunday 15th May. Once again bacon butties will be available from 11am.

Dogs are welcome on leads and the walk is £2 adults £1 children. All proceeds to the Ark, please pass the word round .

£144 has been raised. Thank you Peter and Freda for your hard work!

Quiz Night, My Father’s Moustache, Louth, 7th May.

My Fathers Moustache, North Holme Road, Louth, LN11 0HF. are kindly holding a fundraising quiz night to raise money for The Ark Animal Rescue. Entry fee is £5 per team and there will also be a raffle and small auction held on the night. Local businesses have kindly donated lots of wonderful prizes and vouchers for the event. Please come along and help us to raise money for your local rescue centre and help us to continue all our hard work. Will be a fun night 🙂 7.30pm start

It was a fun a night and what’s more £643.45 was raised which was a fantastic amount! Our thanks go to Jodie, Steph, Marcus, Sue and Graham for making it possible and also to everybody who supported and donated.

Walk Raffle, Tombola in Grimoldby, 17th April

A walk, raffle, tombola, etc will be held at The Elms, Middlesykes Lane Grimoldby, LN11 8TE. on Sun April 17th.

The 3 mile walk is at 10.30am, dogs welcome on leads and, if you don’t want to walk, 11.00am. The walk is £2 adults £1 children. All proceeds to the Ark, please pass the word round . Bacon butties available. Thank you. Freda.

£235 was raised. A big thank you to all who took part and the Lammims for organising it!

Bethany Button’s Beauty Fundraiser

Bethany Button of the Beauty Room in Sea Dyke Way, Marschapel is responding to our appeal for fund by holding two fundraising days.

On Friday 8th April and Saturday 16th April she will donate £10 from every manicure, pedicure or facial to the Ark. These treatments are £15 each and £10 of every one one will go straight to the Ark. This is a very generous offer.

To book a treatment, please text Bethany on 07710229209, or you can contact her via her Facebook page.

Jubilee Inn Family Fun Day, Easter Sunday

The Jubilee Inn on Wybers Wood in Grimsby is holding a Family Fun Day on Easter Sunday 27th March 2016 from 12-jubilee inn4pm and have invited the Ark to be one of two charities to fundraise there.

There will be various stalls and name cards and all proceeds will go to the Ark.

Plenty of refreshments available!

Please go along and support us.

Thank you to all who supported us. We’re still waiting for some name cards to come in but expect the total for the day to be in the area of £200! An enormous thank you to Diane who worked so hard to make it a success and to any who helped her e.g. cake makers.

Young’s Seafood Donation

Staff at Young’s Seafood Head Office in Grimsby voted for the Ark to be the recipient of their monthly charity ARKdonation.

Each month staff buying food in the canteen are given a token with which they vote for one of three charities and we won! In fact, we were told that we far outran our two competitors and were presented with a cheque for £250.

It was a lovely surprise and such a bonus. Our thanks go to the managment of Young’s and to everybody who voted for us. The ladies in the picture are (l to r) Barbara Pearce (Ark Volunteer), Cheryl Atkin(PA to the CEO) and Zoe Moore (Category Analyst).