Day makes a good show for charity

Little Chloe Chaplin presents a trophy at the Greyhound Rescue Dog Show
Little Chloe Chaplin presents a trophy at the Greyhound Rescue Dog Show

A dog show organised by a local animal charity raised over £500 for two local good causes.

Barbara Townsend of Greyhound Rescue based at Marshland St James organised the show in memory of her dad Roy Townsend, who died of cancer last year.

The day, held over the recent August Bank Holiday weekend, attracted a huge number of entries in the various classes. Other attractions included bouncy castles, side stalls and games.

Barbara explained the dog show aimed to raise money for the Wisbech Macmillan and Hudson Palliative Care Centre and also the Stroke Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

“My father received such excellent care when he was ill with cancer and we decided we wanted to do something to say thank-you. People enjoyed the day so much they have asked if we will be doing another one and we have now decided to hold a charity event every year,” explained Barbara.

Two trophies, one for the best puppy and the other for the best in show, were also named in Roy’s memory and were presented by four-year-old Chloe Chaplin, who has adopted a greyhound via the charity and was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

Barbara said: “I would just like to say thank-you to everyone who supported us and for all the businesses who sponsored the day.”