The 2019 Christmas Charity Appeal – Help Me Raise £250 For Battersea Dogs & Cats Home By Leaving Me Links To Your Blogs and Books

The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.

For this year’s Christmas charity appeal, I’m asking you to help me raise some money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Since 1860, Battersea has been there for every dog and cat that finds themselves homeless. From the moment they welcomed their first stray dog, they have been placing animals at the centre of everything they do. 

More than three million animals later, they’re still working hard to achieve the vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.

They believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why Battersea Dogs and Cats home have always helped every dog and cat in need. 

Click here to visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Website.

Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. In the comments section of this post, leave your name, the name of your blog, and a link to your blog. This can be a link to your ‘about me’ page, a favourite blog post you’ve published, or the home page of your blog.
  2. If you’re an author, you’re also welcome to leave a link to any books you have published. So, for example, leave a link to your author or Goodreads page so that people visiting this post can view your books.
  3. Please consider donating to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home by visiting their website and clicking on the ‘Donate’ button.

For every link left under the Christmas tree, I will donate £1 until I reach a target of 200 links.

To help me achieve my target, if you reblog or share this post via ‘Press This’, I will donate an extra £1 to the total (up to another £50).

If you do share this post via a reblog or ‘Press This’, I should receive a pingback to your post. However, I recommend that you also leave a link to the reblog in the comments section.

This charity appeal will run until 23:59 on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 when the Christmas tree will be taken down. I hope this will give everyone plenty of time to leave a link to their blog and/or books over the busy Christmas and New Year period.

At the end of the appeal, I will create a heading entitled ‘Blogs To Follow in 2020‘ on the menu bar of my blog. Anyone clicking on the link will be taken to a page where they can view all the links left to the blogs in this post. The link will remain on my blog until the end of 2020.

Please note that as I moderate all links and comments before they appear on my blog, there may be a delay before your links and comments appear.

A Christmas message from Austin & Toby

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and would like to thank you for supporting this year’s Christmas charity appeal.

Christmas is a time for peace and goodwill to all of us, but don’t forget about our four-legged friends.

I hope you will consider helping Toby, Austin and me with this year’s Christmas charity appeal by leaving us a link to your blog and/or books in the comments section.

🎄 Thank you so much 🎄

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  1. What a fantastic idea, Hugh! As a fellow animal lover, I’m thrilled to see organizations such as this doing great work. My name is Pete Springer and my blog goes by the same name. (Not too much ingenuity there). Here is the link to my latest blog post:

    As a new blogger (less than one year) I also want to extend my thanks to you for being so supportive and helpful. Many of your blog posts are educational for newbies like me. Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2020!

    1. Pete, thank you not only for leaving a link to your blog under the Christmas tree and helping me raise more money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home but for your kind words about my blog posts. I’m delighted that they help so many of my readers. I’ll be publishing lots more blogging tips posts in the New Year.

      Merry Christmas and best wishes to you for a Happy New Year.

    1. Hi Jacquie, thank you so much. I’m still looking for links to be left under the Christmas tree. We’re just over £100 short of the target, so need another 100 links. Please feel free to leave your links. The appeal is open until January 4th 2020.
      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

    1. Thank you for supporting Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with your monthly contribution, Cathy. Thank you also for leaving your links under the Christmas tree which will go towards me adding more funds for them in the New Year.
      Merry Christmas.

    1. Nobody is ever late to Hugh’s Views and News, especially as this appeal is open until 4th January.
      Thank you for leaving a link to your blog, Ritu.
      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and the family.

      1. I will get back on the link you provided to donate as soon as i get a descent internet signal …as some entries dont load via smart phone

  2. Merry Christmas. Sorry but I can’t help monetarily due to a fixed budget and no job. However, I can pray for you and the animals. I think it’s great what you’re trying to do. Best of luck.
    I come to you through Esme’s Senior Salon.

    1. Thank you, Crystal. No worries at all about not being able to donate, but you can donate via me by leaving me a link to your blog here. I’ll add £1 to the total for your link, so please do leave one.

      Merry Christmas.

    1. Happy Birthday, Deborah. The last two Christmas appeals I did on my blog were in aid of the Dogs Trust. A marvellous charity who do a great job. Please don’t hesitate to leave a link to your appeal here.

      Thank you for leaving your links for this year’s Christmas charity appeal.

      Merry Christmas.

        1. Thanks for leaving the link, Deborah. Congratulations on reaching your goal. I’m still some way off reaching my goal of £250, but the appeal is open for links until 4th January. Hopefully, I’ll get a good few more by then.

    1. Thank you for leaving your links under the Christmas tree and for helping us raise funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home this Christmas.

      A big thank you to Xenia for sending you over to my blog.

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    1. They do, don’t they, Jonno? It’s a fantastic place, and they deserve all our thanks for all the hard work they do in looking after and rehoming our four-legged friends.

      Thank you so much for leaving a link under the Christmas tree and helping us raise money for them this Christmas.

      Merry Christmas.

    1. Hi Anne, thank you for coming over from Xenia’s blog to support us in raising fund for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home this Christmas. Like Biasini, I talk a lot about flying reindeer and all things Christmassy.

      Merry Christmas.

  3. Hi Hugh, lovely to see you do a Christmas fundraiser for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home this year! I’ve seen it earlier via Cathy’s blog and reblogged your post on Whippet Wisdom today. You can read about our latest release ‘Between Heather and Grass’ here:

    and more on the Goodreads page here:

    and find my Amazon Author Page here:

    We wish you every success with this lovely venture and hope you’ll reach the 200 links!

    1. Thank you so much, Xenia. I really appreciate you helping us raise more funds for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Thank you so much for reblogging the post and sharing the details with your readers. I’m sure it’s going to help us raise even more funds and help find those dogs and cats new homes.

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all at Whippet Wisdom.

  4. Reblogged this on Whippet Wisdom – a Highland Journey and commented:
    Hugh from Hugh’s News & Views has started his 2019 Christmas Appeal in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and will donate £1 to them for every link that is left under his Christmas tree until he reaches a target of 200 links. If you have published a book, you can leave a link to your Author Pages on Amazon and Goodreads too. Feel free to hop across and meet some other great bloggers!

  5. Hello Hugh. I intended to do this comment earlier this week with your other post on this topic, and had computer issues thanks to another Windows 7 update – sigh. This is a wonderful idea and this is how I discovered your blog last year (through Clare promoting this charitable endeavor). I am including a recent post which shows how one person in Elizabeth Park has hung feeders and suet holders for the birds near a memorial tree and dedicated the gesture to a mother/grandmother. The birds are always buzzing around here. -Linda

    1. I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’re having with Window 7 updates, Linda. Technology can sometimes drive us to the edge and back.

      Thank you so much for leaving a link to your blog under this year’s Christmas tree and helping us raise more funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      1. Hi Hugh – we are not ready to migrate over to Windows 10 at work (I work from home) … our computer guy is dragging his feet since we have had the server, desktops and laptops since March!! My Windows 10 laptop is here at the house, but he has not configured it to remote in to my work desktop, since we are not set up at work on Windows 10 yet. It leaves me shaking my head and I am sure that Microsoft is doing this to get everyone on the Windows 10 train. The laptop I use for my pictures and what I am using right at this minute, just turned 10 years old – it is missing a few keys and the battery went long ago, but it’s never given me any other problems. Your dogs are cuties and thank you for once again coming to the aid of our furry friends who have no voice for themselves. I would love to have another pet, but was so grief stricken when I lost my last two canaries, I cannot do that to myself again, despite having no family and working from home, so not much human interaction for me. I instead lavish my attention (and peanuts) on my squirrel pals on my porch and my favorite parks.

        Best to you and your family Hugh during Christmas, the new decade ahead and beyond .

        1. I heard about lots of problems with Windows 10 when it was first released. As an iMac and Apple user, I didn’t encounter all the goings-on, but I read lots about it in the world of blogging. I no longer see many of those posts, although the ones I do read mention problems that do not sound major. I suppose it’s a little like the change from the Classic editor to Gutenberg, Linda. It’s been a year now since Gutenberg was launched, and I’ve seen a significant decrease in the number of problems and bugs it has. Given that all those new to WordPress only have the option of Gutenberg, I don’t think it will be long before Gutenberg users outnumber the Classic editor users.

          I hope you have a lovely Christmas, Linda. Best wishes for the upcoming New Year.

        2. I am not looking forward to the whole Windows 10 experience Hugh. I resent Microsoft pushing it onto us. I did not take the free download when it was offered – I had an app to put on my computer to thwart it. On one laptop it rolled out without my consent and I rolled it back to Windows 7 immediately.
          We have to use Windows for our network and since I work from home and remote in, I need to use a Windows platform, or I would use a Mac which I understand is without issues and easier to use. I have been on Gutenberg, (at your suggestion), since April. I don’t see buggy issues anymore either – I have to play a little more with it. I need to expand my horizons. Best to you, your partner, those sweet doggies and your extended family Hugh.

  6. Hi Hugh, thank you so much for this generous opportunity – much appreciated by authors and animals alike!
    Here are my links:
    Books: Gateway to Magic: Gaming fanatic Steven Topcliff is trapped in Fairyland where tech is banned by law! Available on Amazon at
    The Slapstyx: A greedy businessman and his grubby goblin helpers are endangering marine life with their dirty detergent! Available on Amazon at
    Off to donate now!

  7. Greetings Hugh,
    A double donation was mailed to my local shelter in honor of you, Austin, & Toby. Thanks for all you do.
    You are a valued part of my blogging journey.
    Peace & Blessings!

  8. I too have come over from Cathy’s blog…what a super idea you have to support Battersea. I contribute to the spay and neuter programmes locally here in Costa Rica…and have eight dogs of my own, four of whom are the pups of a little lady dumped at our gates.
    I have been blogging for some ten years and really value the contacts and the insights from those kind enough to comment.
    Helen Devries
    The Venomous Bead

    1. Hi Helen, thank you for leaving a link to your blog and supporting us in raising funds this Christmas for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

      Thank you also for supporting your local charities.

      Best wishes,

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