A DOG lover spent the day dressed as an English bulldog to raise more than a thousand pounds for a charity which rescues the quintessentially British icons.
Dave Eldridge spent the whole of St George’s Day collecting donations from his colleagues at the Fuller’s Brewery in Chiswick for the Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust.
The 52-year-old Fuller’s shift engineer wanted to give back to the charity because it has paid all the medical bills for his bulldog, Honey Dew, which he rescued after she was brutally neglected.
He managed to raise £1,100 on the day while he was dressed in an all-in-one bulldog outfit, and many more have pledged to give to the charity which would bring it up to about £1,700.
Mr Eldridge, who has been with Fuller’s for more than 16 years, said: “Honey Dew is my third rescue bulldog and she came to us in an appalling state. She’s had to have loads of operations, including for the skin around her eyes and still has to have a weekly chemical bath for her skin because she just wasn’t looked after.
“She’s only about two-years-old but she’s very calm and is a lovely dog. I wanted to call her Honey Dew after the Fuller’s beer because at first she smelt of yeast due to being neglected and my girlfriend told me I often smelt of yeast when I came home because of the brewery!
“The charity have spent an absolute fortune on her so I wanted to do something for them. Fullers have been really helpful; my manager allowed me to spend the entire day walking around the brewery collecting money and everyone was very generous.”