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We always consider March to be our “New Year” as far as Fund Raising goes, although things are being planned well before this we appreciate that everybody, helpers and supporters alike, need the chance to get over the hectic Christmas period and to start looking forward to the lighter nights and better weather. This year was no different when we started on two consecutive Thursday evenings, March 15th & 22nd, as the guests of our old friends at The Ring O’Bells in Marple for their Fun Quiz Nights which raised a very healthy £204.00 for our cause.

We understand that the new landlord of The Ring O’Bells does not intend to continue with these Charity Quiz Nights, so we would like to say thank you to all involved, especially Peter Clarke and his wife Sue who organised the quiz, for their support over some 14 or more years.

The following Sunday, March 25th, saw things once again starting up in earnest with our first major event of the year the Spring Fair, held at the usual venue, The Hollies Scout Hut in Heaviley. Things were a little quiet for this one, maybe because people had forgotten to put their clocks forward an hour the night before, who knows? However at the end of the afternoon we were pleased to have raised a quite healthy £737.60.

Moving on into April and we had some very heavy rainfall which, as our next event was our first Fun Dog Show of the year at Woodford Community Centre, was quite worrying as obviously this was an outdoor event. Sunday April 8th arrived and we couldn’t believe our luck when, despite the weather forecast the day was starting cloudy and dull but at least dry, the same couldn’t be said for the field which to say the least was a little boggy! As the day progressed and people started to arrive it got even better the cloud gave way to lovely blue sky and yes, sunshine. Most people had realised that the field would probably be a bit wet and had brought suitable footwear so at the end of the day everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and we were extremely pleased that all our efforts had raised the amazing sum of £1,290.37.

Bank holiday Monday 7th May and a completely new venue and event for us. We had been chosen as the beneficiary charity for Paws & Play in the Park 2018, taking place in and organised by “The Friends of Lumb Lane Park” in association with “I Love Bramhall” & “I Love Cheadle Hulme”. We had a fund raising stall at the event and also received all monies raised by the bumper charity raffle, which featured many prizes, all of which had been donated by local businesses in Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme and surrounding areas. At the end of the day we were very pleased with a very respectable total for the day of £426.56.

A month later, Tuesday 5th June, saw our good friend Andrew Green departing the UK for his epic journey to Tanzania prior to his climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Some 4 flights later he eventually arrived at his destination, most probably shattered from the travelling before the climb had even begun! After around 36 hours to acclimatise, the next phase of Andrews journey began on Friday 8th June with a 3 hour cross country ride to the climb start point. Over the next 6 days we followed the climbs progress on the internet and are very pleased to say that the group reached the summit of the mountain at daybreak on the 13th June after starting the final ascent at midnight on the 12th. We can’t thank Andrew enough for adopting us as his charity and are very grateful for the tremendous support he received in sponsorship which to date totals, including Gift Aid, £2114.03 with a few more pounds still to collect.

After all the excitement of Andrews adventure it was back to the “Bread & Butter Fundraising” on Saturday June 16th as we were once again in attendance at Marple Carnival (where did that 12 months go, I asked myself?). As in previous years we had a fund raising stall and also organised the Carnival Fun Dog Show. Once again the weather was very kind to us, that is until the very last few minutes as we were rushing to get the stall packed away the clouds darkened and then, thunder, lightning and an almighty downpour just about washed us out. Still our spirits weren’t dampened, especially when we totalled up the days takings at £467.23.

As we get more up to date and into July, we were very pleasantly surprised when we opened the post on July 12th to find a donation of £500.00 from our old friends at Altrincham & District Dog Training Society, who have supported us and made many donations to our cause over recent years.

Our most recent event was as the guest of another local charity “Stopford Cat Rescue” (Reg. No. 1178415). They are a relatively new charity, born out of necessity and ably run by our old friend Jackie Goodman and her team of volunteers. The event took place on Saturday July 14th at Woodford Community Centre and was the charities first major event, comprising of a Fun Dog Show and Summer Fair. Earlier in the week due to the extreme hot weather it had looked like the Dog Show may have to be cancelled, however after checking the weather forecast they decided to proceed and were rewarded with plenty of cloud and a slight breeze which made things bearable for the canine entrants. All in all it was a very pleasant day and we can report that our own stall raised a pleasing £84.25. Our thanks go to Stopford Cat Rescue for inviting us along as their guest.

As we were compiling this newsletter we were contacted by a lady from Pure Innovations, who run the Etherow Park Cafe in Compstall, they had organised a Fun Dog Show on Sunday 22nd July and advised us that they would also be running a raffle in aid of Otterspool, we were really grateful for this unexpected support and very pleased to receive the £41.40 proceeds from the raffle. Our thanks and appreciation go to all involved.

Finally we can’t finish this section of our newsletter without giving a mention once again to all the local Veterinary Practices who help us in many different ways; Albany Veterinary Clinic; Evergreen Veterinary Surgery; Torkington Park Veterinary Centre & Marple Veterinary Centre who have recently made some much appreciated donations including pet food, toys, pet beds & carriers.