Friends Of Baxter

News & Events

 Since setting up, we have been exhibiting, holding events and giving talks in Dewsbury, Ossett, Wakefield, York, Cawthorne, Holmfirth, Leeds, Huddersfield, Harrogate, Doncaster, Bradford, Keighley, Steeton, Sheffield, Middleton, Oldham and we plan to be in many additional locations going forward.

If you fancy offering a helping hand, have relevant animal related services or products that can be offered via our website or you know of any events that would be ideal for us to attend please contact us.  

Our events for your diary in 2020

Next Training and workshop dates (training is available most months)

Please see our Therapy training page for more details

April 24th: Awareness and fundraising in Morley Morrisons 

June 26th: Askham Bryan College Veterinary Nursing Congress

October 3rd : College of Animal Welfare Careers with Animals day


Other events where you’ll find Friends Of Baxter Animal Care

We only have a small team and so are focusing primarily on our therapy work with animals and the creation of our rescue/ rehoming service currently. We go out to give talks and exhibit at a few events and if you would like to invite us to your event or are able to volunteer for us in an events capacity we’d love to hear from you.

Forthcoming events are  in discussion and will be notified shortly

We give free local talks (and therapy demonstrations as appropriate). If you belong to a group or organisation that would be interested please get in touch

If you would like to help us, 
or have any good quality 2nd hand items to donate for us to sell for vital funds we would also love to hear from you.

A Few of Our Past Events

Careers with Animal Day - Leeds College of Animal welfare

Each year just gets better! This is a fantastic event for anyone interested in the idea of working with animals, wanting to explore different possibilities, attend free talks and  and meet representatives from animal colleges, charities, businesses and more. We were amazed at the level of interest in holistic therapies with animals 🙂 

Reiki Level 1 training

Another of our introductory Reiki training weekends proved to be most enjoyable and ended with our students able to give Reiki to themselves, friends and family for life. Feedback, as always, was delightful and we look forward to sharing this wonderful therapy with more people who want to help themselves, and loved ones (people and animals) at beginners and Practitioner level.

Friends Of Baxter Animal Care Canine Massage and Mindfulness Workshop

Our first of these workshops was a wonderful success. Attendees learned a gentle massage technique, which they practised on their … and the dogs clearly loved it! Feedback has been fabulous and more workshops are being arranged.

Middleton Park Dog Show

What a lovely day meeting the local community in a wonderful park, giving dogs taster Reiki sessions and spreading the work about our holistic complementary therapy treatments, free service for animals in rescue centres and training.

Our Sponsored Abseil at The Cow and Calf, Ilkley

Our Summer 2019 sponsored event raised £705 and was immense fun. 5 of us stepped backwards off 100 ft tall rocks to abseil down, terrified of heights…so it was an achievement personally as well as a great fundraiser. Thank you to our brave volunteers and support team! 

Leeds Health & Healing Festival

Our second year exhibiting at this event proved to be beneficial again in raising awareness of our work and giving lots of Reiki treatments!

Leeds 10k

They did it! On one of the hottest days of the year, our three lovely volunteers, Heather, Sam and Charlotte ran the Leeds 10K for Friends Of Baxter Animal care. They’ve raised £690 so far, we can’t thank them enough! Well done ladies!

Tandem Parachute Jump for Friends Of Baxter, Bridlington

Our brave volunteer David Wood jumped out of a plane 10,000 feet high, free falling at 120 mph for 30 seconds before tandem-parachuting safely down. All in aid of our animal good cause. David has raised £464 for his brave stunt so far… thank you David!!!

Northern Birman Cat Club Show, Stocksbridge, April 7th

What a wonderful day we had meeting and talking to owners of Birman and other varieties of cats. A delightful number showed interested in our Reiki service for animals and we even offered some help to a cat at the owners request 


Wakefield Vegan Fest, November 4th

This festival was full of stalls, talks, advice, music and entertainment. Had a great day meeting lots of lovely people and we had a lot of interest in Reiki and our various therapies for animals which is always a bonus!


Friends Of Baxter Therapy and Card Reading Evening - March 22

Our therapy practitioners and card readers were busy offering readings and treatments including Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Candle Ear treatments and relaxing Magnetix Mat Therapy whilst a small number of stalls sold some beautiful products.