American football club The DC Presidents have decided to support the RSPCA as their charity of choice for the new season and they kicked it off with a fantastic weekend.

Twelve members of the squad, including two cheerleaders from the newly established Liberty Bells Cheerleading Squad took part in the Tyne Bridge zip slide challenge in their full kit on Saturday (11 May) before visiting RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre in Chester Moor, Chester le Street to meet the staff and some of the animals in their care. With money still coming in, The DC Presidents are confident that they have smashed their £1,200 target and are hoping to reach £2,000.

Jeff Rutter, CEO of The DC Presidents, said:

DC Presidents © RSPCA“The zip slide was good fun and a great way to start fundraising for the RSPCA.

“We did it in our kits and a couple of the team’s cheerleaders came along too so it was a great morning.

“The afternoon was really good too, meeting some of the animals that will benefit from our help this season.”

The squad met five year old lurcher-cross Hugo who came into the centre after he was found very underweight, suffering from a heavy flea burden and living in a pen in his owner’s garden with insufficient shelter and bedding.  Now fully recovered, he is looking for a new home with older children and no cats or small animals. He could live with other dogs as long as they are calm. He is described as a lovely affectionate dog and is quick to learn new things.

The squad had a cuddle with two male black cats called Edward and Colin who came into RSPCA Felledge from households where there were welfare concerns. Edward is aged about four years old and Colin is aged six-12 months. Colin is a little shy but both are friendly cats and are looking for new homes.

DC Presidents with two Shetland ponies © RSPCAThey also met with Shetland ponies Sherry and Sonny (pictured left). The mare and foal came into RSPCA Felledge after a number of the ponies they were living with got onto a railway line in South Yorkshire and were hit by a train. They are looking for a new home together.

On Sunday (12 May) The DC President’s first game of the new season took place at Esh Stadium, Durham against reigning division champions The Edinburgh Wolves and it was a convincing 31-20 victory for the home side. The result puts them top of the National North division.

RSPCA fundraising manager for the North of England Amy Smith went along. She said:

“We’re so thrilled The DC Presidents have chosen to support the RSPCA this season.

“They couldn’t have made us more welcome on Sunday. They’ve put banners up around the stadium and did a collection for us at the end of the game.

“It was a really brilliant day and I’d encourage anyone who likes sport but perhaps hasn’t ever been to an American football game to go along.”

The next home game is at Esh Stadium on Sunday 26 May against visitors The Dundee Hurricanes. Tickets cost £20 VIP, £4 adult and £2 concession and can be purchased on their website.

—RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, Waldridge Lane, Chester Moor, Chester le Street, DH2 3BF is open 11.30am – 3pm every day except Wednesday. For more information visit our Felledge Animal centre page.

— For more information on The DC Presidents please visit their website