Furry friends take centre stage

One of Chesterfield  RSPCA's last major events, a  Fun & Fundraising day, including a dog show, in July
One of Chesterfield RSPCA's last major events, a Fun & Fundraising day, including a dog show, in July

Dogs of all shapes, sizes, colours and ages were celebrated at a show held to raise money for the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA centre.

The show took place on Saturday, July 18, at Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club in Duston and was attended by more than 500 people.

More than £4000 was raised on the day which will go towards the £250,000 they need to raise in order to build their new £1.5 million home.

Julie Platt, fundraising manager for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA, said: “We have the event every year but this one was a fantastic success - definitely the biggest and most successful Fun Dog Show yet.”

The event was sponsored by Dunston Lodge Dog Boarding and Grooming and featured stalls selling treats for both the dogs and their owners, dog coats and collars, jewellery, books and toys.

140 dogs entered the show, around 40 of which were ex-RSPCA dogs who came to show their support for the animal centre rebuild appeal and took part in a parade to honour the centre’s “rescue champions.”

Julie said that one of the most inspiring aspects of the day was hearing the stories of the dogs who had been cared for by them come back to the centre.

In particular, Ellie, a nine-year-old American bulldog, stole the show when she won first place in the Most Love-a-Bull Dog class.

Julie said: “Before coming into our care, Ellie suffered from a leg injury that has left her with a limp.

“Now she is such a happy and lovely lady in her new home and watching her limp to the centre of the ring to receive her first place rosette was enough to bring a tear to everyone’s eye.”

The animal centre rebuild appeal has so far raised more than £43,000 of the £250,000 it needs by the end of 2016.

Those interested in donating to the appeal should visit www.chesterfieldanimalcentrerebuild.org.uk.