Taking a breather
Taking a breather
Whizz working with lifeguards
Whizz working with lifeguards
Tol with Gaby Roslin
Tol with Gaby Roslin

Welcome to Newfound Friends .

Established 1989.

Newfound Friends HMRC Charities ref.no. EW02370

Record year of fund raising . 

2014 has been a record year of raising funds for 5 very different charities . 
The amount raised through our Newfoundland  Dog Sponsored  
Rescues amounted to £108,000. That's one hundred and eight thousand pounds !   The highest ever single amount raised was achieved for a sponsored dog rescue by Credit Suisse' Head of European operations, Geal de Boissard. His individual total was £22,000. That's twenty two thousand pounds ! Well done Geal, it's going to take something special to beat that !

To award Geal for his fantastic efforts for Parkinson's U.K,  Newfound Friends presented him with a specially commissioned bronze Newfoundland Trophy.

To enable Newfound Friends to continue to support all the good causes with our dog rescues we need your help please. If you would like to help you can make a donation to us at the top of the page.

You can now follow us on Twitter.

BBC Presenter Alex Lovell (pictured opposite) will take part in the sponsored rescue event for the Jessie May Trust on 6th September. Anyone wishing to join her please contact us and we will tell you how to sign up.

To find out how you can get involved contact number on above site or Newfound Friends on 01275 817887. email pugnewfs@btinternet.com

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Newfound Friends was formed 25 years ago in 1989, with the objective of using the skills of the Newfoundland Dog to raise money for childrens charities. In the early days it was difficult to convince people that this would be a good way of raising money for charity but, with the support of close friends and a dedicated team of Newfoundland owners, we began to convince them that our aims and objectives could succeed. To date we have raised over a million pounds in various ways. Newfound Friends have become a firm favourite at many maritime festivals throughout the UK. The dogs also carry out theraputic work with seriously ill children who attend hospices and home from home cancer care establishments. The pictures above speak for themselves and we believe that Newfoundlands are second to none in their dedicated work with these very brave children.

The dogs also quite often make appearances on TV and there are a couple of programmes due to be screened this year. We have also received numerous awards and nominations for the work that Newfound Friends undertakes Pictured right is our youngest member Tol. We have always encouraged children to get involved working with the dogs as we believe it is good for their confidence and know that the dogs have a special affinity with our younger members. Throughout the website you will see pictures of dogs and children together showing how they form a very special relationship. Newfound Friends are very grateful to all the photographers for the many wonderful pictures supplied for this site. Thanks to Gordon Burns, Drew Gardner, Paul Gillis and Bob Holder.

NB Newfound Friends holds the copyright to all photographs on this web site.

Download our new leaflet here.

Rookie Lifeguards

Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and now they are helping to make lifesaving fun for the next generation of lifeguards.

Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands, the canine members of the Newfound Friends Society, arrive at the Cotswold Water Park to help Rookie lifeguards with their rigorous training exercises. The dogs are so enthusiastic about the training that it certainly rubs off on the young trainees.

The Newfound Friends are an impressive sight when in the water and their water safety and rescue skills have gained them an influential supporter.

Olympic swimming medalist, Sharron Davies was so impressed with the dogs that she has become patron of the society. The former swimming champion explains that Newfoundlands are really happy when in the water. 'They just love the water, first and foremost' Sharron says, 'they have a unique swimming action that enables them to glide along effortlessly , surging and pushing through the water using all four legs."

But how do these hairy kings of the water with their thick fur coats manage to swim so well?

Their fur actually helps, it's oily which helps to make the dogs bouyant and they have two layers of coat which provides insulation to keep them warm in the water. But the Newfoundlands most exceptional swimming aid is the fact that they have flaps of skin between their toes on all four feet, effectively giving them webbed feet which make excellent paddles.

The Royal Life Saving Society has honoured the dogs for their lifesaving skills and promotion of water safety. The dogs of Newfound Friends are the only dogs ever to attain such awards of comendation from the society.

I took part myself and was so, so pleased that I was able to experience this unique activity. Being a dog person myself, I can totally understand the dedication and commitment involved in training these dogs to do what they do. Dogs and humans worked together like clockwork and it was a privilege to be able to see them in action. I wholeheartedly look forward to being able to book the guys in again next year in the hope that they will run another day for us. We raised well over £7,000 on the day itself which is enough to train another assistance dog for a physically disabled person. Thanks to these people and the special things that they do, there will be yet another disabled person whose life will be made earlier thanks to their canine carer.

Sponsors

Bonio dog biscuits have long had a reputation for providing dogs with healthy teeth and gums. A Bonio a day, or in the case of Newfoundlands several Bonios a day, is proven to stop the build up of plaque and tartare on the dogs teeth.

Because the dogs of Newfound Friends display team use their mouths to pull people, bouyancy aids and boats it is vital to keep their mouths in good order and their teeth strong.

You can email us on: info@newfoundfriends.co.uk
Telephone: 01275 849732, Fax: 01275 817887

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS  to Ellie and Chloe for attaining gold medal life saving awards at a recent event run by the Royal Life Saving Society at Windsor. Newfound Friends has always encouraged children to take part in water rescue with the Newfoundland Dogs and it's great to see these two young ladies reach such a high standard. Well done girls!

Latest Images

Well done Geal
Well done Geal
£63,000 and rising. What an amazing result from the Parkinson's Society Charity day at Canary Wharf in conjunction with the Swiss bank
Parkinsons society rescue day
Parkinsons society rescue day
Beau
Beau
Alex Lovell with Teddy
Alex Lovell with Teddy
BBC Presenter Alex Lovell getting acquainted with Teddy before her rescue on 6th September for the Jessie May Trust
SARA Lifeguards
SARA Lifeguards
Tol with Tizz after his first swim.
Tol with Tizz after his first swim.
tizz  4months  old
tizz 4months old
Tol and Amy
Tol and Amy
Here is one of our newest members Tol, with Amy and the picture below is from our earliest days 25 years ago. Both feature children who have been in treatment for Leukemia and have benefitted from the facilities of the Clic Sargent charity
Clic House
Clic House
Leandi coming along well.
Leandi coming along well.