The Vamps musician James McVey showed his animal loving side when he attended The Mayhew Animal Home’s fundraising event ‘Tinsel and Tails’ in London to raise valuable funds.

Alongside other stars including Neil Morrissey, who has previously adopted from The Mayhew, and well known animal advocate all round superstar Peter Egan, the canine star of the show was Gordon, the deaf Staffie, who stayed with the animal charity for almost a year before he was finally adopted.

Photo Credit: Graham Hilling

More than 200 people attended the Christmas fundraiser in the Connaught rooms in Central London. The event helped to highlight work of the charity’s campaigns such as TheraPaws, which is a much loved community project where dogs are taken into care homes to visit people with dementia.

A record-breaking £14,500 was raised as guests were wined and dined and treated to festive-filled entertainment including a luxury auction and raffle.


Speaking at the event James McVey said: ‘’I’ve always loved animals. I grew up in Dorset with horses, cows and donkeys so it’s awesome to attend an event like this with incredible TheraPaws dogs.

“I eventually want to adopt an older cat from The Mayhew as it’s so important to give pets a loving home. When I buy a house I’m heading to the rescue centre.

‘’Millions of animals need homes. It’s really important for me to tell people my age of the amazing work the Mayhew does and spread the word.’’

Chief Executive, Caroline Yates, said: “It was a great night for The Mayhew. It’s fantastic to have Neil Morrissey and his wife Emma Killick here. I did the home visit when they adopted from us 11 years ago and now they’re back with a 14-year-old Tiggy to support us.

”I’d like to thank everyone who came along and put their hands in the pockets for the pets. All the money raised will go towards rescuing and rehoming them.

The Vamps are back with a bang with new single and album Wake Up and you can win two tickets to one of their UK tours and a chance to meet the band afterwards. Keep an eye on The Mayhew website (

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