Cupcakes for sale

My friend Jenni arranges an annual fun-day charity event to raise money for a good cause. This year the good cause was Cancer Research, a charity that surely deserve all the support they can get.

As well as running her own grooming parlour, Wagsters Grooming, Jenni also works as a groomer in local pet shop Creatures Great and Small, and Keith, the owner of the shop, had agreed to let her take over the shop for the day and fill up any extra space with fund raising things. Well done, Keith, the world needs more bosses like that!

There was a tombola with brilliant prizes, a table with interesting bric-a-brack, delicious home made cakes for sale, demonstrations from pet food companies James Wellbeloved and Royal Canin, lucky dip, guess-how-many-treats-are-in-the jar competition, sale of home made dog treats, a huge dressed-up dog, and as the star attraction, local reptile breeder Ann had brought a selection of reptiles and furry animals.

The dressed up dog was a crowd pleaser

The lizards also drew a crowd

My job was to take pictures of people, either with the dressed up dog or the reptiles, and sell them a print for £2. Both were big crowd pleasers, and it was very few of the children passing by that didn’t manage to convince mum or dad to splash out. So much so, that for a moment I started to worry about the printer running out of ink, but luckily it did last till the end.

We raised £600 in total, so well done to everybody involved, and particularly to Jenni for organising it all and making it happening. A lot of hard work went into the organisation, and Cancer Research was grateful for the contribution.

After a long day full of smiles and laughter, some of us ended the day in a local pub for a meal and a drink to celebrate a job well done.

Celebration at the end of the day

There’s a slideshow with additional pictures from the day and from the evening here.