Over the space of the past few months, a mostly one women band has been organising, cajoling, attracting stalls, gaining support, rallying supporters, trying to get more supporters, hoping it doesn't rain to put on Stoke-on-Trent's number one dog show, hosted at Haywood Technical College over in Standfields, just a hop skip and a jump away from Port Vale.
The day started with trepidation as the weather forecast promised and morning and afternoon of broken rain. But this didn’t stop people attending the dog show as over 90 contestants where entered for an afternoon of various competitions.
Best of all the threatened rain came to nothing and day became bright and sunny.
One thing this dog show does very well, is allow for every day people to show off their pets. The show has some professionals dog exhibitors in but also a lot of people came along just to take part.
Dereth Heighway, event organiser expressed her happiness at how well everything came together and the event proceeded. Dereth was part of the school’s PTFA expressed her delight at the show being able to raise so much money (over £800) for the school’s PTFA and also for the charity the Cinnamon Trust, a charity that looks for volunteers in the community who can help walk or foster dogs whose owners are having difficulties looking after them or have passed away.
The Cinnamon Trust said that they wanted to raise their profile in the area as there weren’t those many volunteers in Stoke on Trent, and were glad of the opportunity to do that and help with the show.
Dereth said of the show “I don’t just want it to be a dog show where people sit around waiting for their competition” adding “that’s why I wanted the good quality stall’s I got which add to the atmosphere and charm”.
Stall holders also express their delight at such a large crowd
Laura from Cards & Candles for All Occasions thanks the organisers after the show saying “thank you for all of the hard work and organisation which went into the dog show which as always, Cards And Candles For All Occasions found to be very successful”
Nancy from AdornJewellery.net thanked Dereth “for a lovely event. Glad the rain kept off for you. It was a lovely event..well done!”
Dereth would also like this opportunity to thank the following:
Helpers - Dawn Clewes is Chair of the ptfa she did the bbq with her family- Malcolm and son Lee
Sharon Corbally - worked on refreshments she is the librarian at school and secretary of the ptfa
Dave linnane - bbq and vice chair of ptfa he works with in school –parent co-ordinator
Jackie Bailey - works in the office at school
Jacqui Managh- Biology teacher
Gill Caton- ptfa treasurer and works within school –parent co-ordinator
Jill Chadwick -Parental Coordinator
Mike Chadwick – husband of above – came to help with collecting monies
Samantha Kelsall- works in the sen department - refreshments
Cinnamon trust volunteers
Jo, Anna, Christine, Christine, Brenda, Cherry, Paige, Bryony
Others who helped because they were told too.
Mark Heighway – show manager
John kirby - carparking
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