Tail-wagging fun day nets £2,000
Published: 20 Oct 2013 17:300 comments
The annual event was raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants ‘wishes’ to children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and the Ollie Young Foundation, a charity that funds research into paediatric brain tumours.
About 250 people turned out for the day at Finchampstead Memorial Hall and park.
The event featured stalls, a football match and a raffle. Prizes were donated by local businesses, including the Look Out, Harper Fitness and Birdworld.
Kelly Barnby, one of the organisers and fixture secretary of Finchampstead Football Club, said: “This was our fourth charity event. We organise it in memory of our colleague Allison Wickes.
“She loved kids enjoying themselves and it’s a nice way of getting together.
“We always try to support charities that deal with children, and Ollie played for the club and his brother still plays.” The amateur dog show drew a variety of breeds to compete in the eight classes, which included best child handler, most handsome dog, best rescue dog and the overall best in show.
Beverley Kemp, from Longwater Lane, was one of the organisers of the dog show.
Among the labradors, collies and spaniels, a six-and-a-half month old labrador named Jet won best in show.
There were 49 entries to the dog show, which were judged by Jacqui Cadec, a local German shepherd handler.