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A NEW fundraising group, the Bowerhill Barkers, has raised over £1,700 for Guide Dogs Southampton, at their first ever event last month.
Led by local woman Caroline Fielding, who is registered as blind, the group hosted the event at the Bowerhill Village Hall, with live music, stalls, games and competitions for children, a raffle and an auction.
“It was an absolutely amazing day,” said Caroline. “We had people waiting outside the door before we opened and we were busy all day – we could’ve stayed open until the early evening, with people still arriving just before we closed.
“The place was buzzing all day, and the bands and singers offering the entertainment really added to the atmosphere.
“The volunteers had a fabulous time and it really helped to raise awareness about the cause by having the guide dogs and puppies attend the event all day.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and donated, to all the volunteers, guide dog owners and handlers, and to the chair of Melksham Without Parish Council, Richard Wood, for coming along to meet the team and help with the raffle.
“Also, thank you to all the local businesses who were so generous with the prizes they donated for the raffle and auction, that really contributed to the success of the event.
“Coming up next for the Bowerhill Barkers, we will be organising a few small fundraisers, so watch out for us on the High Street, raising money outside shops. For mid to late November we are planning another big event just in time for Christmas, a perfect opportunity to buy some gifts and support a great cause!”