A successful fund-raising cream tea event, held at the George Reynolds Centre, raised £1,000 for the Canine Assistance charity and the team of volunteers are well on their way to meet their target of £5,000, for the training of an assistance dog. Val Warren, one of the organisers said: “It was a fabulous afternoon with a buzzing atmosphere. Our thanks to all the helpers and the people who came along to support us and made it such a success and a fun afternoon. It has given us a wonderful start towards our target. We were constantly being asked ‘when’s the next one?’ Our advice is to watch out – they’ll be more.”

Gary Rice, whose wife is a wheelchair user attended the event and explained how Delia, a Canine Assistance dog, has transformed their lives, helping them to become much more independent. The campaign to raise funds for a canine assistance puppy started after a talk by Gary at a meeting of Crewkerne & District U3A. Retired vet and local author Malcolm Welshman provided an extra bonus when he brought along some of his books to sell and gave the proceeds to Canine Assistance. Malcolm said: “It is a brilliant charity which I have supported for many years.” A short film, showing the workings of the Canine Partners charity was also shown.

More than 100 people enjoyed the cream tea which also offered a variety of sandwiches and home-made cakes, demonstrated by Mary Fowler of the U3A, pictured at the cake stall. Also on sale were crafts and jewellery, plus there was a draw, tombola and games. After hearing what was happening at the GRC, some of the supporters of a cricket match taking place on Henhayes recreation field, called in for their afternoon tea.

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