Celebrity Supporters

Supporter Sally Gunnell OBE

sallySussex Caring Pets Celebrity Supporter Sally Gunnell OBE, one of Britain’s most popular sportswomen.
Sally writes, “Sussex Caring Pets do remarkable work throughout Sussex with their teams of volunteers and therapy support cats and dogs. I fully support the excellent work undertaken by SCP in schools, hospices, residential homes and hospitals.

As an owner of three cats and two dogs myself I know how these animals can change your life, especially watching my three boys interact with our pets. I particularly admire the work SCP does in local NHS hospitals like The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

In small ways these special therapy support cats and dogs through their simple affectionate interaction can help stimulate and develop a rewarding relationship with some who might otherwise be uncommunicative and isolated. It is a pleasure to be associated with Sussex Caring Pets”.

Paul Bazely


Sussex Caring Pets Volunteer and Celebrity Supporter Paul Bazely with his SCP therapy support dog Peg. Together visit Princess Alexandra House Care Home and Cedar Centre special needs school. Paul has appeared in the ITV sitcom series Benidorm and more recently in the film Pirates of the Caribbean.

Paul writes, “Simple ideas are the best. Having seen the joy that our dog, Peg, has brought to our kids and to us, it’s a wonderful idea to share this joy with other members of our local community. Sussex Caring Pets is run by volunteers and can devote all of its resources to helping us to share our therapy support cats and dogs with others.

The people who the pets visit benefit from an uncomplicated loving relationship with a friendly animal. The pets’ owners benefit from making links with people who share our community, and from the empowering feeling that they are making a difference.”

Dave Spikey


Sussex Caring Pets Celebrity Supporter and Comedian Dave Spikey. Who starred in the Channel 4 hit sitcom Phoenix Nights.

Dave writes.
“Before I became a comedian I worked at the Royal Bolton Hospital and saw at first hand how positively patients responded to individual care, affection and stimulation. I really believe animal assisted therapy is an important role to play in the recuperation and rehabilitation of all patients but particularly those in stroke units, mental health units and children’s hospitals. So that’s why Sussex Caring Pets has my full support and best wishes.”

Lynne Truss


Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist best known for her popular book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

Lynne visits a local primary school with her therapy support dog Hoagy.