In April, Battersea Power Station held its inaugural party, with Sir Elton
delivering a stirring performance to an audience of thousands beneath the
famous chimneys of London's legendary site.
Guests were also invited to enter a silent auction of prizes. Among them was a Boodles necklace worth £12K donated by the popular jewellers. Proceeds from the lots went to Wandsworth-based charities, including one championed by Elton, the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.
In 2005, the pop singer helped raise funds for the establishment. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home held a fund raising Dog Parade where £40,000 was raised at an auction. Participants including Elton, Vivienne Westwood, Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom, James Galway and the staff at Battersea had been asked to design the decoration of models of a dog sculpted by Derek Howarth. Some Dog Parade items were then made available in smaller versions, with £1 from each one sold going to the home.
Five years later, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home celebrated their 150th anniverseary, with the publication of a book by Garry Jenkins called A Home Of Their Own. It included a passage about Elton, which noted that he took home a rescue dog during a particularly hard time in his time.
Elton credited his first Battersea animal, Thomas, with helping him overcome his difficulties.
He said, ''I love rescue dogs, especially as they seem to really know they’ve been rescued and love you for it. They give you so much back and it’s great to be able to offer them a secure and permanent home.''
He went on to take in many more rescue dogs from the home.