Festive shoppers thanked for making Christmas market stall a barking success!
I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the well-organised North Devon Christmas Market on Saturday (2 December) and who gave so generously at our Dogs Trust stall. Altogether, you helped us raise a fantastic (…drum roll….) £654.17!
After weeks of preparation, wrapping up teddies for our tombola and creating doggy-games to entertain the crowds, we arrived at the market site in Braunton at 11.30am - ready for what promised to be a fantastic day…
Once the gazebos were up and the stock was out, our festive shoppers began arriving to see what delights we had to offer. As well as picking up some fantastic Dogs Trust branded stocking fillers, visitors also tried their hand at Muzzle Pong and their luck with our Find The Ball game. Our teddy tombola also proved to be really popular, with all our teds gone in less than two hours!
This year, we also had three amazing hampers to raffle off, which were kindly donated by one of our volunteer foster carers, Barbara Wrenn. Congratulations to the three lucky winners – I think there is enough chocolate and festive treats in there to keep you going throughout 2018!
By 9pm, we had packed up our stall and were ready to leave, but not before two other stallholders came up to us to give us their donations (what a generous group of people we were among!).
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and there wasn’t a single shiverer among us – thank you, weather, for being good to us!! (Thanks also to the organiser for placing us next to the food and bar area – yum! The smells were soooooo enticing!!)
Of course, what made it so enjoyable was meeting so many of our lovely supporters, who came to talk to us, find out about our dogs and work, and who also bought items and had a go at our games. Once again, thank you for your generosity and for supporting our Re-Ho!-Ho!-Ho!-ming Centre. (I know… it’s a ‘paw’ attempt at getting a pun in, but hey, it’s Christmas after all!)