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Well here we are in August and after a few quieter weeks we are now preparing for our next major fundraisers as advertised on the back page of this newsletter. That however is not to say that we haven’t been busy on the fundraising front since our last report. As we entered March we received a very generous donation from our friends at Marple Veterinary Centre who had held a raffle on our behalf and raised an amazing £200.00.

Still in March and once again it was time for our first major event of the new year viz. Our Spring Fair which was held on Sunday 19th March at the usual venue of The Hollies Scout Hut. Although not as busy as usual after sitting down at the end of the day to count up the takings we were very pleased with a total of £954.90 and as has happened on many occasions previously this figure was enhanced by a further £45.10 by a donation from two of our long standing supporters and stall holders Beryl & Ray, which made a very respectable final figure for the event of £1000.00.

Just three weeks later on Sunday 9th April we were out in force again, this time for our first Fun Dog Show of the year at Woodford Community Centre and we really couldn’t have ordered better weather. As the sun shone down the car park began to fill and everybody, owners & dogs, looked to be having a really enjoyable time in the warm Spring sunshine. The ladies in the kitchen were working flat out serving up, bacon rolls, sandwiches, hot & cold drinks along with various other goodies to tempt the taste buds! At the end of a very pleasant day we had boosted our funds by £1149.00, but that wasn’t all a few days later we received yet another top up donation, from Beryl & Ray, of £51.00 to make the total raised up to £1200.00.

In early June we received a phone call, completely out of the blue, from the Waitrose store in Aldereley Edge. The lady explained that we had been one of the stores nominated charities and if we would arrange to go along to the store that they would like to present us with a cheque for £300.00. Needless to say Margaret, our Chairperson, was dispatched to do the honours, although what the people of Alderley Edge thought when she arrived straight from the kennels in her dog walking gear and Wellington boots, is anybodies guess!

Later in the month, Saturday 17th June to be precise, we were once again on our travels, this time it was to Marple Carnival. As we have done for many years now we had a fund raising stall and also arranged the carnivals own Fun Dog Show. We do have to admit that the arranging of this and indeed all of our Fun Dog Shows is down to the hard work of our friends Jane & Paul Waterfield, who we can’t thank enough. On another note our apologies go to Jane after our portable speaker system refused to work and poor Jane had to do her best shouting voice as she was in competition with the carnival PA System across the field! However I digress, we are very happy to report that thanks to everybody’s hard work on the day we managed to raise £311.76 which has since increased to £391.76 following receipt of a cheque from the Carnival Committee for £80.00.

As we entered July, we had once again been selected to be the beneficiaries of two Quiz Nights at The Ring O’Bells pub in Marple. This time the dates were Thursday 6th & 13th July and we were the very grateful recipients of £168.00.

Later in July we also received a cheque from Support Adoption for Pets, part of Pets at Home Ltd., for £75.00 from their Summer fund raising drive. This was a very kind gesture from Support Adoption for Pets as we had failed to meet the required criteria of attending our partner Pets at Home store for 3 sessions (we only managed 2) during the course of the fund raising.

If any one could help us out by attending a session at any future event we would love to hear from you. It would simply be a case of a presence in the store, for a few hours, with a collection box and handing out a few newsletters and it would mean that we would receive a far greater portion of the events proceeds.