Reggae hit-makers UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue can’t help falling in love with Battersea’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball

02 NOVEMBER 2017

The stars are shining bright for this year’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball where the legendary reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will be taking to the stage to help raise money for the world-famous Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on Thursday 2 November. 
The Red Red Wine hit group have sold over 70 million records worldwide and will be headlining the annual charity fundraising gala.  
Proudly supported by our headline sponsor Vets4Pets, the spectacular event which is now in its ninth year, will shine a light on the thousands of unwanted and vulnerable dogs and cats who arrive at the Home every year at no fault of their own. 
One of London’s most talked about events will be rolling out the red carpet for star-studded celebrities such as internationally renowned model and Battersea Ambassador David Gandy, who will be greeted by Battersea’s world-famous Doggy Guard of Honour. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and hear the stories about our past and current canine residents who have greatly benefited from being in the care of the Home.  
Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive said: “Battersea’s Collars & Coats Gala Ball is known to be one of London’s most unique nights of the year and we can’t wait to welcome our past and new supporters to what will be an amazing event featuring fine dining, top-notch entertainment, and most importantly of course, Battersea dogs and cats.
“Collars & Coats gets bigger every year and we’re incredibly excited to see the phenomenal UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue perform on stage. Battersea cared for over 7,000 abandoned and unwanted animals last year and its events like this that enable our staff and volunteers to look after so many animals, rescuing them when they have nowhere else to turn and finding them new homes where they will be loved forever more.
“And this year we’re delighted to have on board our headline sponsors, Vets4Pets, who will be proudly supporting our fundraising efforts on the night.”
Hit makers Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue said: “We’re flattered to have been chosen to headline this year’s Collars & Coats Ball. We can’t wait to sing our hearts out for such a worthy cause and raise money for the dogs and cats at the Home. Battersea has done tremendous work over the years and it’s a privilege to share the stage with other supporters.” 
More information on the event can be seen at
For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9294 or email
About Collars & Coats Gala Ball:
Silver Package: £3,500 for a table of 10. (limited availability)
Gold Package: £5,000 for a table of 10. (individual tickets at £500 – limited availability)
Platinum Package: £10,000 for table of 14. (Individual tickets not available for this package)
To book: 020 7627 9309 or email
Notes to editors 
About Battersea Dogs & Cats Home 
Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.  
In 2016 the Home cared for over 7000 dogs and cats. 
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883. 
For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit
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About Vets4Pets and Companion Care Vets
Vets4Pets and Companion Care are part of the Pets At Home Vet Group, operated with their Joint Venture Vet Partners
As at 30th March 2017, The Pets at Home Vet Group operated 438 Vet practices across the UK, including 149 standalone and 289 in-store practices under the Vets4Pets and Companion Care brands
The Pets at Home Vet Group is committed to delivering first class service and high standards of care in their national network of small animal veterinary practices. It achieves this through joint venture partnerships with experienced and ambitious veterinary surgeons
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