And the Animals Went in Two by Two…
One of the most brilliant aspects of our role as Supporter Relations Officer is getting invited out to join communities at their amazing events. Never has there been a better showcase of creativity then the spectrum of fabulous fundraisers that have been put on this year by animal lovers across East Anglia…Easter Egg hunts, Family Fun Days, Village Fayres, Fun Dogs Shows, In Memory Walks, Craft Days, Festivals, and Harvest Suppers are just to name a few. And most recently a local event that got animals in the Kenninghall Parish barking, and squeaking with excitement…
As the days began to get colder, Kenninghall community decided warmth in numbers is definitely the way forward. Choosing to throw open the doors to their beautiful church and invite animals of all shapes and sizes, for their rather special annual Animal Church Service. Think Vicar of Dibley and you’re pretty much there!
Okay, it was mostly enthusiast dogs filling the pews, but many a cat photo was bought along to the service to be blessed (in place of those sensible felines who had opted to stay in the comfort of their own living rooms), and special recognition needs to be given to ‘Dolly’ the hamster, who braved a church full of canines to fly the flag for her species!
There was a rumour of some donkeys on the guest list but I think they needed to conserve their energy ready for the festive season. And with Monty, the fourteen stone Mastiff, we certainly had a representation of all creatures ‘great’ and small’! With hymns, thoughts from parish Parson (and organiser), Lorraine Summers, Jammy Dodgers and a congregation of two and four legged friends, it was a very memorable morning. And then on to the local pub afterwards for some well-deserved refreshments and a fun dog show…pawfect!
A huge thank you to Kenninghall community and to The Red Lion for all of your incredible support, you raised a whopping £180.97 for your four legged friends here, we are so grateful, and this money will be put to very good use here at the Rehoming Centre.
If you are planning to host an event, or would like a talk about the work that we do here at Dogs Trust just drop myself, Kate Brewster, or my colleague, Paige Langton a line on 01953 497912. Alternatively you can email at [email protected] or [email protected].
And don’t miss our fabulous festive Christmas Fair event coming up on Saturday 18th November!