Local mortgage advisers pledge to raise funds for dog rescue charity

By Jessica Durston - 8 February 2022

  • A charity partnership has been formed between TED Mortgages and SNDogs

    A charity partnership has been formed between TED Mortgages and SNDogs

The team at Swindon-based company TED Mortgages, have committed to raise funds this year for a charity close to their hearts SNDogs.

Led by founder and managing director Tom Brennan, the TED Mortgages team will be taking part in – and organising – a series of events throughout 2022 with the aim of raising at least £3,000 for SNDogs.

Clare Fantini-Stephens of SNDogs said: “A heart-felt ‘thank you’ to TED Mortgages for choosing us to be their charity of 2022.  Due to the pandemic all fundraising events were cancelled for the past two years, which meant we have not able to raise much needed funds for the dogs in our care. 

“As all of our dogs live in foster homes we don’t have kennels so all money raised will go directly to the dogs for vets’ fees such as neutering, dental work, vaccinations, flea treatments and any other on-going treatment a dog requires when it comes into our care.”

Founder Tom Brennan said he first became aware of the organisation four years ago when he adopted Ted, a border collie which had to be rehomed.  

Tom said: “Ted had been taken on as a puppy by a family with young children however, as a highly intelligent border collie, he kept trying to herd the children and would gently snap at their ankles to get them to comply. The family felt he was not suitable for their family and SNDogs came to the rescue.

“I’d grown up with dogs so I knew Ted would fit right in at home with my wife Emily and our other dog Walter who is a Jack Russell/border collie cross. After a few weeks they became like brothers and now Ted is a very happy five-year-old hound and we wouldn’t be without him.”

Tom is said to be so proud of his family that he named his business TED Mortgages after them – with TED standing for Tom, Emily & Dogs.

Tom, fellow director Chris Blackwell and advisers Daniella Black and James Harris are planning their fund-raising activities and at least one of the team will be taking part in the Race to the Stones event in the summer.  

Celebrated as Britain’s oldest path, the 100km route follows the historic trail through Oxfordshire and Wiltshire including Wayland’s Smithy, Uffington White Horse and Barbury Castle before reaching the ancient Stone Circle at Avebury.

The TED Mortgages team say other activities being planned include taking part in a ‘Tough Mudder’ event, having a permanent Just Giving link on the TED Mortgages’ website, and volunteering to play a role in SNDogs’ own events.

SNDogs provides help to all dogs and owners, with neutering assistance, training, micro-chipping and responsible dog ownership. The charity also assists with adoption, fostering and the re-homing of dogs.

Tom added: “The work they do to help re-home dogs in and around Swindon is outstanding and a cause that really resonates with us.” 

“By choosing SNDogs as our charity of the year, not only are TED Mortgages helping people find their perfect home, but we are now also helping our canine companions find a home! This is something we are very proud to support.”

TED Mortgages is a specialist, independent, fee-free, certified mortgage brokers. The team say they work with their customers with a ‘whole of market’ approach tailored to each person’s circumstances to help customers understand all their mortgage and protection options.

More information about TED Mortgages can be found at https://www.tedmortgages.co.uk

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