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INSPIRED UK: A Benefit Concert for Manchester Dog’s Home

Inspired UKBobby Cronin and NEXT UK bring the hit NYC Inspired Benefit Concert Series to London with INSPIRED UK: A Benefit Concert for Manchester Dog’s Home, on SUNDAY 5th OCTOBER at 7:30pm at Freedom Bar in Soho.

Produced, created and hosted by award-winning composer/writer Bobby Cronin, INSPIRED is a benefit concert series for animal rescue organizations across the country that plays every two to three months, with a rotating line-up of some of today’s exciting musical theatre writers in a casual and intimate setting as they sit behind the piano and, unlike traditional concerts of their material, perform songs by other writers that have inspired their work. The INSPIRED series has showcased over 30 writers, raised funds for seven American animal rescue organizations, and hopes to spread the word about the 2.7 million adoptable animals that are euthanized each year in America and the tens of thousands of adoptable animals euthanized yearly in the UK.

INSPIRED UK will benefit Manchester Dog’s Home, which recently suffered a horrible fire, killing over 40 dogs and displacing over 250 dogs. Manchester & District Home for Lost Dogs was founded in 1893 by a group of Manchester Businessmen who were concerned about the large number of stray dogs roaming the City. The leading members of the group included Mr. Megson a printer and stationer, (who’s firm is still very active) and Mr. Alfred Nixon a leading Chartered Accountant in Manchester, it was his son and partners who continued to play a leading part in the administration of the Home until shortly after the last war in 1949. Over the years the City of Manchester has grown around Manchester Dogs’ Home and it is now very much an inner city rescue centre. To off set the inner city environment of our Manchester Home we regenerated a run down site that is now know as Cheshire Dogs’ Home. In 1999 we purchased a former run down boarding kennels, this has become the flagship of the two homes and a Centre of Excellence. The site is 11.5 acres in total with a Specialist Care Unit for dogs that provides intense care for the dogs that need it the most, pregnant bitches, nursing mums and dogs that do not adjust well to the traditional kennel environment at Manchester Dogs’ Home. We take in and care for over 7,000 dogs every year, many of these dogs are never reclaimed by their owners and require a great degree of emotional and physical support during their stay with us. In addition to the Specialist Care Unit at our Cheshire Home, we also utilise a wide range of behavioural and mentally stimulating activities at both Homes to ensure each dog receives personal care and attention. Once the dogs are fit and healthy they are made available for adoption, we are always looking for caring permanent and foster homes for our dogs and often have over 250 dogs that are waiting to find that perfect family. http://www.dogshome.net

The line up for the October 5th 7:30pm concert & conversation features a wide array of UK Musical Theatre writers including:


Freedom Bar
66 Wardour Street
Soho, London
Tel: 0207 734 0071

Doors open at 7pm, SHOW at 7:30pm
TICKETS: http://freedombarsoho.com
COST: £12 general, £9 student
100% of tickets sales go directly to the rescue organizations


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