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Puppy power helps raise £2,000 to aid charity
7:20pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
MORE than £2,000 was raised in four hours for a children’s charity at a Swindon dog training school last month.
Volunteers came together at Janet’s Puppy Skool in Pond Street, Haydon Wick on September 15 to raise £2,005 for Climb (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases) for the seventh consecutive year.
Janet Garrett, the owner of the school, has co-ordinated the annual effort in memory of the baby grandson she lost to a metabolic disease nine years ago.
On the day itself at the school, families were arriving with their dogs and taking advantage of the demonstrations put on by Janet.
A more popular feature of the day was a farmhouse cafe, which served coffee and cakes inspired by the Great British Bake-Off.
Dog owners were also given the chance to pay to enter their pooches into various contests, which were judged by BBC Wiltshire presenter Ben Prater and Adver web editor Stephanie Tye, among others.
“I always say each year will be the last, but we seem to keep on going,” said Janet.
“Climb just appeared out of nowhere when my daughter was dealing with her loss and helped her through the whole process.
“They are one of the less glamorous charities, it isn’t one which rolls off the tongue and receives lots of money, so we are very keen to support it.”
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