THE Bowerhill Barkers have raised nearly £700 at a fun dog show hosted by the White Hart pub in Atworth.
The local fundraising group has now raised a total of £13,000. The group is aiming to raise £55,000 – the lifetime cost of a guide dog – to enable them to name and sponsor a guide dog. It was the first time the pub had hosted a fun dog show, and owners, Kirsty and Nathan Cortilla, were overwhelmed by the number of dogs and their owners who took part.
They said, “There were 110 entries for the show and some 45 very well behaved dogs!”
From the Bowerhill Barkers, Caroline Fielding said, “The White Hart were wonderful hosts and even provided a ‘Dog Bar’ with a barrel of drinking water on tap for all our furry friends attending. The whole atmosphere of the day was relaxed and happy, with many waggy tails and all the dogs getting on really well together. Many new furry friends were made.
“We had live music throughout the afternoon from many fabulous local musicians and Steeple Rocks Choir singing.
“Gavin Owen from GO Photography was our official photographer and he will donate all profits from any photos sold from the day to Guide Dogs. Photos for the day are available at www.godog.photography.”
£354.65 was raised from entry fees for the dog show and stalls at the event. An additional £300 was donated by Asda – who were represented at the event by community liaison colleague, Lisa Jenkins.
The next Bowerhill Barkers fundraiser is on Saturday 24th August at Asda in Melksham. There will be live music from 10am until 4pm, and all money raised will go to the guide dogs charity.