This is my chance to say thank you to each and every one of you who supported our Birthday Bash at the kennels on Sunday 13th April.

I can assure you that the run up to this event went surprisingly well considering that Janie, who is usually about to keep us all in order and write endless lists of what is needed, had other commitments which limited her time at the kennels. So Dawn, Carol and I were given free-reign to indulge our love of chaos whilst telling anyone who asked that it was all in hand.

Thus the week prior to our event the only thing that was ‘in hand’ was a paintbrush or six, as we attempted to make the most of the lovely weather and spruce up the kennels.  Everyone who was willing and able joined in this mammoth task and we even allowed Carol to participate (closely supervised of course!) Too many people to mention by name but you know who you are and you know we are very, very grateful for all your hard work.

The bonus to doing all this painting was that whilst we had nothing before us but miles of woodwork waiting our ministrations,  we were able to discuss all the other ‘loose ends’ and arrangements for the day itself and thus by the Saturday evening we felt we were indeed ready. I like to say ‘indeed ready’ but others trying to finish off the last bit of painting in complete darkness prefer the phrase ‘past caring.’

Sunday morning arrived and so did the sunshine. At the appointed hour our supporters, friends and volunteers came through the door and once again, after a long, dull winter, our yard was filled with laughter and excited voices as old friends greeted each other.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who helped to make this event happen. The Birthday Bash is an important event for many reasons. It marks the start of our fundraising year, tells us that winter is behind us and perhaps most importantly, it reassures us that you really do care and that what we do really does make a difference.

Between us we raised a magnificent £740.20 on the stalls and a further £312 in our greyhound shop.

What a wonderful way to kick off the year.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook to see what other events we have planned for the coming months. It looks like it’s going to be a busy year.