Spalding dog show raises hundreds for Guide Dogs for the Blind and local charities

Walkers on two legs and four get set for the charity walk. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG091016-111TW
Walkers on two legs and four get set for the charity walk. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG091016-111TW
0
Have your say

Guide Dogs for the Blind and local charities benefited from a dog show and charity dog walk.

Based at Springfields Events Centre, the extravaganza included entertainment coordinated by Tulip Radio, a dog show and a sponsored walk along the Coronation Channel.

Paul Wainwright and Koady, of Central GSD (German Shepherd Dog Rescue), enjoy the show. SG091016-120TW

Paul Wainwright and Koady, of Central GSD (German Shepherd Dog Rescue), enjoy the show. SG091016-120TW

The whole event was organised by volunteers from Spalding Guide Dogs branch, the Polish School and Spalding People’s Parade charity.

Kate Alexander, from the People’s Parade, said Guide Dogs have raised £500 so far with more coming in from sponsorship and early indications suggest the event raised a total of just over £1,000 for local charities.

Kate said: “Tulip radio did an amazing line up on our stage with singers, dancers, bingo and zumba.

“Jan (Whitbourn) and the team were a great help and really made the event fun and lively.

Sarah Chilvers with Freddie. SG090616-107TW

Sarah Chilvers with Freddie. SG090616-107TW

“We had the stage donated and set up for the day by Henry Bingham, of Crossroad Nurseries Ltd, who is very keen to support his local area.

“Henry is very much behind the scenes and modest about what he does but he is a great help to many people around Quadring and surrounding areas.

“We had craft, charity and food stalls inside and out. The stewarding was done by Spalding Lions and South Holland Rotary. There were some of last year’s Spalding People’s Parade carts on display.

“The walk was started by Penny, the Guide Dogs mascot, and led by Chelsea Sharman with her dog Buddy. There were around 30 participants in the walk who either did the one mile walk or the three mile walk.

Sarah Chilvers with Freddie. SG090616-107TW

Sarah Chilvers with Freddie. SG090616-107TW

“The local South Holland Rotary kindly stewarded the walk.”

Kate said the dog show was organised by The Canine Classroom and had 14 categories.

She said: “Sam and all the staff of the Canine Classroom set up and organised the event for free. There was a great turn out on the day with many dogs winning rosettes.

“We had prizes donated by Rooke’s, Moulton Pet store, Alder Vets and some extra prizes from the individual class sponsors. Our judges were Zoe and Charmaine from Alder Vets in Spalding. Both judges did an amazing job and gave up their Sunday afternoon for free to help pick out the winners.”