Hold the date, it’s the biggest, waggiest and hairiest day in the canine calendar in Suffolk. Sunday 29th July is officially Suffolk Dog Day 2012.
It may be rather close to another great sporting event, but our Suffolk dogs are loyal and will be competing in classes for rosette glory of their own. Get them into training, bark the word out on the beaches, the heaths, the woods, the parks, in the streets and along the rat runs. Suffolk Dog Day is back for the fifth year to generate even more funds to help people and communities throughout the county through the work of the Suffolk Foundation.
Helmingham Hall will open it’s gates and award-winning gardens to welcome all breeds, shapes and sizes of glorious four legged friends, with their two legged owners and family, for an action-packed day of canine capers, fun dog classes, activities and entertainment.
Peter Purves will be in the ring with a team of judges drawn from across the country, as well as some local celebrity friends, to talk to owners and commentate in classes that in this diamond jubilee year include the Jewel in the Crown, among others to be announced shortly.
Dog agility, entertaining acts and dog games run by Happi Days dog day care centre who kindly let us photograph some of their “customers” with Elsa and Tom Pratt at their Rendlesham premises, are among the line up in the two rings as part of the celebrations. There will be a chance to meet members of Suffolk’s voluntary groups who without the funding this day provides would not be helping the elderly, young carers, disabled, young families and others who need it.
Chairman, and owner of two Labradors, Iain Jamie said, “This is a fantastic family day out for so many reasons. It is fun, relaxed, there is something for everyone and we know the monies raised really do end up in the hands of those who need it most, thanks to the work of The Suffolk Foundation. I urge you to book early online and bring your friends. It is thanks to your support over the years that we have been able to make more than £150,000 since it began. We know times are tough for everyone at present so this year we have even kept our entry prices the same as 2011. We want you and your dogs to be there!”
Started in 2005 by local people, The Suffolk Foundation has now awarded over £5million to local causes, with over 1,500 grants distributed to local groups who are making a real difference to Suffolk life – encouraging everyone to build a strong, active and vibrant county, tackling homelessness, loneliness, mental health, addiction and those most in need of compassion and understanding.
Many of the groups that The Suffolk Foundation supports are very small – a grant of £2,000 or even £500 may be one of the largest donations they have ever received. Their work is often hidden from view and often the projects are run by volunteers with no paid staff at all. Suffolk Dog Day is helping to support these groups, all year round.
For further information on The Suffolk Foundation visit www.suffolkfoundation.org.uk
For up-to-date information on the day, how to sponsor, register, exhibit, or who will be there visit the website on www.suffolkdogday.co.uk and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.