Community Garden hosts first Dog Show with Yappy Ever After Rescue Charity

Community Garden hosts first Dog Show with Yappy Ever After Rescue Charity - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

Yes we know a Dog Show is not the first event you think of taking place in a Community Garden but when you have neighbours so passionate about dogs and whose own dogs considered the field their home long before it was a Community Garden, who are we to say no!

The Garden’s neighbours Gill and Kev Whitehead are passionate dog lovers and Gill gives up her spare time to volunteer for Yappy Ever After, helping find suitable homes for dogs and raising funds for the Charity.

So it was only fair when Gill asked the SEAG Committee if she could host a Dog Show to raise funds for Yappy and the Community Garden that we got fully behind her. And so the planning commenced.

All Gill’s hard work and planning paid off as the day was a huge success. We had over 400 people through the gates and that doesn’t include dogs! There was music, refreshments, cakes, stall holders, natural play area for the children, including a vintage fire engine to climb aboard! The weather held although the strong winds just before the first dogs entered the ring, meant it was all hands on deck to get all the gazebos down before they took off in the wind!

Local businesses were extremely generous in donating prizes for the Tombola and once again we thank our friends at Warburtons, Co-Op and Derby Lodge Tea Rooms for donating refreshments and cakes and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for the donated burgers.

Over £2000 was raised on the day between Yappy and the Garden. SEAG felt honoured to be supporting such a wonderful cause and found the dedication of the people behind this amazing Charity inspiring. We met so many of the dogs that thanks to Yappy are in loving homes, living their best lives. It therefore comes as no surprise that the SEAG Committee didn’t hesitate to donate an additional £300 to Yappy.

We hope you enjoy these pictures from the day and we are already looking forward to this event next year!

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