It was something I had planned to do for a while. A fun get together with my family and friends for coffee and the odd slice (or two) of chocolate cake and raise money for the gorgeous hounds at Hersham!

With this idea cemented in my mind, it all got under way, whilst out on walks with my beautiful hound Darcey, my friends and I handed out invites to people that up until this point we had only known as Fido’s mum or Rover’s dad!

The response was amazing and donations started rolling in, even if unable to attend these generous people wanted to support the event. The morning drew near, the weather forecast was not good, so a gazebo was ready on standby, luckily we need not have feared and the British summer was on the side of the long tails, it was a gloriously sunny morning.

My ever supportive husband, daughters and amazing friends made sure the whole morning ran like clockwork by becoming baristas for the day. (Thank you so much guys)! Coffee machines, matching crockery (the likes our house has never seen before) began arriving, cakes were being baked and the raffle I had organised had turned into a very grand affair, with wonderful prizes being donated.

Our conservatory and garden were adorned with bunting, pretty tablecloths, dainty crockery and posters of Hersham Hounds. Boxes of loved books that had been ready to go to the local charity shop were now arranged on the garden table waiting to be purchased.

As people began to arrive delicious cakes were the order of the day all washed down by copious amounts of tea and coffee. People chatted and laughed and became properly acquainted with Fido’s mum and Rover’s dad.( great to finally get to know you Jane and Paul!).

The morning flew by and soon my guests were making their merry way home some with their winnings from the raffle others with books tucked up under their arms and some green fingered friends even left with some of my plants - every penny counts and it saves me the job of planting!

Everything went without a hitch, all cups were returned to their allocated saucer, Tupperware pots reunited with their lids. All accounted for except for the tea cosies! I wonder where they could have possibly got to……DARCEY! (see photo).

The coffee morning was such fun to organise and hold and so well worth doing an amazing £700.00 was raised! Plus gift aid. This is an event I will definitely be repeating thank you so much to everyone for getting involved in supporting our four legged friends!

Anne and Darcey