Fun Day 2007

The Funday In July was set to be the largest and best to date. It took three days to get everything ready for our guests to arrive; the Lawns needed cutting and hedges trimming before we could even think about erecting the marquee and tents. The food needed buying and gathering the cutlery and plates is a job on its own, but as usual Cheryl and Brenda did it again.

On the day we all started very early with some help from friends Geoff, Phyllis and Gillian in the kitchen, and Marion on the Tea and coffee, with Jeanne on the gate.

This year we invited the club to have its merchandise stalls on site for our guests to be able to purchase all those Ridgeback related items they have always wanted. Gill ran the club merchandise stall with Janice on the Rescue stall and Toni kindly brought along her dog bedding stall.

Fun Day 2007At about ten o'clock the guests started to arrive from all over the country and as far away as Cheshire, Nottingham, Cumbria, Northumberland, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. The car park soon began to fill and luckily the recent flooding and wet weather had gone and everything had dried out nicely.

The Tombola was managed by Margaret and the raffle and the "guess the weight" were very well run by Marie and Mick. The games stared about 11 o'clock with Ann Gates and Alex Schofield who had set up the rings and events the night before, Vera helped on the day with all the prize giving and time keeping.

Fun day 2007The games included "Thinkers corner" and "Agility", "The Egg and spoon race with a weave". We also held some children's games without their dogs, Egg and spoon and the sack race, all were well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Lunch time was at one thirty when everyone stopped to enjoy the great buffet spread that had been prepared fresh in the house kitchen. As you would expect it started to spit with rain at this point.Fun Day 2007

At three o'clock the heavens opened and it rained, really rained. Sadly at this point we had not completed all the games and had not started the afternoon games which included the scurry. This year we were going to hold a rescue parade where we were gong to invite the owners of the dogs to give a history of the dogs they have rescued. Sadly this did not happened due to the weather. It would have been nice to have made the dogs special for the day, as the event is to raise much needed funds to help other Ridgebacks find new caring home.

At this point our guests and friend started to call it a day, and everyone started to leave the event. Sadly due to all the rain that had fallen in just one hour, the land became water logged and cars and one camper van became stuck in the mud that had appeared from nowhere. Luckily for some we had super Mick and his truck to pull everyone one out of the mud.

We managed to raise £1186.35 for Rescue after all the food and cost of the toilets were paid for. This is over £300 up on last year. However donations were down this year but attendees were up. A big thank you to those who donated money to the fund on the day this included the North Yorkshire Police who donated £250 from their Chief Constables property fund, which is money taken from lost and found property and donated to good causes. Also a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Purvis from Surrey, Mrs J Dodsworth from York, Mr and Mrs Geldart from York, Mrs C Macaulay from Cheshire, Ms Della Cannings from Northallerton, Sarah Frank from York and the Smile and a Song Trio entertainment group from York who raised £80 to cover the costs of the hired toilets for the day, Thank you to everyone who donated so generously to our great cause.

The day was supported by Royal Canin who donated prizes and treats through their local rep Margaret, and also Pedigree who also supplied treats through Linda, and a huge thank you to Thompson's Pet foods of Murton, York who donated twenty large sacks of dog food. Two large dog beds were also donated by Andrew and Diane Thompson of York.

It was a wonderful day which could not have been held without those people mentioned above and everyone who came on the day or sent donations or gave prizes to this worthy cause. Between us all we can now rescue and re-home many Ridgebacks that have suffered or are in circumstances that need our help.

A big thank you to you all. See you in 2008.


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