The Forever Friends Appeal are excited to launch our very first Newfoundland Dog Rescue Day in association with Newfound Friends!

Take the plunge! Experience a water rescue by a 14 stone hero & support patients at the RUH.

This popular event will take place at Portishead Marina, Bristol and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an “at sea” Newfoundland Dog Rescue. The event is run by the incredible team at Newfound Friends & their well trained and beautiful Newfound Dogs, on behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal.

About the event

You can make a real difference and help patients and their families at the RUH by taking part in this truly exhilarating, once in a lifetime event. You will be suited up, taken out in the marina by boat and then asked to jump in, but don’t worry, it won’t be long before the Newfoundland dogs show off their amazing water-rescue skills and tow you safely back to the boat! Non swimmers are welcome (as life-jackets are worn). All we ask is for a £30 registration fee to secure your place and for you to pledge to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship money to take part – we will help you with fundraising advice and ideas. All the money you raise will help us transform care for patients and their families at the RUH.

How do I sign up?

Please note that we have limited places for this event and will register participants on a first come, first served basis. If you can’t take part in the event, then we’d love to have your support at the marina on the day!

Sign up for a place

Taking part costs £30 to register, with a £100 minimum sponsorship pledge for an RUH Campaign or Ward of your choice.

About Newfoundland Dogs – “St Bernards of the sea”
Newfoundland Dogs are an amazing breed, as much at home in water as on dry land! Newfoundlands have been the St Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and we are so excited that these life-saving dogs are taking the plunge to help transform patient care at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. This is your chance to dive in and raise funds to help us transform patient care at the RUH  – but be prepared to get wet as you experience for yourself what it’s like to be rescued by an 14 stone hero.

Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands arrive at a lake in the Cotswolds to hone their life saving skills along with their human lifeguard companions. The Newfound Friends are an impressive sight when in the water and their water safety and rescue skills have gained them many famous and influential supporters!

Newfound Friends are a brilliant organisation, who over the years have raised thousands of pounds for various charities – you can read all about them here: