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are many national and local charities - large and small - which benefit from the generosity of
agility people. Thousands of pounds are raised by agility clubs and individuals around the
country via demonstrations, sponsored walks and other events. What have you or your club done
As some of you may already know, agility
judge Carol Disley unfortunately suffered a major stroke and is presently in
hospital in long-term rehabilitation. Her dogs are currently being fostered
whilst she is unable to look after them.
Liz Finchett is looking to raise funds
to help towards their feeding costs and any vet bills. She will be holding a
raffle at the Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts show on 3rd November. Top
prizes include a six months subscription to
Laura Chudleigh's Agility Secrets
on-line website and a photo session with award-winning photographer
Tickets are £1-00 each or 6 for
If you are not at the show, you can still
purchase tickets via Liz through Paypal or BACS. Email her
Photo: Valerie White
Raising Money to Support Jon Winney
A few weeks Jon Winney suffered a heart
scare whilst training one of his dogs. The quick response of his trainer means
than Jon is still here to tell the tale and after a short stay in hospital Jon
has been sent home, with an Internal Defibrillator fitted. Unfortunately this
means that he will have his driving licence revoked for 6 months and is unable
to return to his regular job .
Jon has always had a love for dogs and
has been participating in Agility for many years, He is a judge, official KC
measurer and a long standing trainer in the Essex area, helping many on their
Agility career . He has in the last few years turned his hand to judging and can
be seen at most local shows supported on his ring by his own club Red dog
Agility. Jon can often be found at these same shows giving up his free time and
helping out with the set up and marking out camping pitches.
This is a worrying time for Jon and his
partner Lee and so a
JustGiving page has been set up so his friends can support him through this
Family Comes Through for Dawn
Dawn Taylor has been around the agility circuit for years. Despite having
suffered from arthritis
all her life and always found walking any distance difficult,
she has never let that hold her back. Over the years, she has given a lot to
Agility, organising and running shows and helping on rings with her friend
Sheila Taylor who also runs Dawn's dogs, Betsey and Nigel.
On the last day of Dog in Need 2018, she went to a pub for an evening meal with
Sheila and some friends when unfortunately she fell down some steps and broke
her hip - and this was before she had even had a drink!
Dawn spent some time in Ipswich Hospital where they operated on her hip. She was
told she would be there for a few weeks until they could move her back to a
hospital closer to her home in Wellingborough. Happily Dawn is now back home
with her dogs, wowing doctors with her grit and determination.
Last weekend at Letchworth Sheila was saying she wanted to buy Dawn a new buggy
and asked Hayley Wilson if she could put something towards it. Hayley suggested
they set up a Crowd Funding page to raise money towards a light weight buggy
which could fit into Sheila's car, as the buggies cost a lot of money especially
the lightweight ones. Hayley set up the page and shared it on Facebook. A week
later they had raised enough money to buy a buggy that Sheila could fit in the
back of her car.
The agility family certainly came through for Dawn and Sheila. When Dawn saw the
buggy and found out how it was paid for, she was overwhelmed. In fact, all three
Dawn, Sheila and Hayley - were in tears. Both Dawn and Sheila would like to
thank everyone for their kind donations to help get Dawn mobile again. Her plan
is to make it to the Suffolk Five Rivers show at the end of September. She is a
very determined lady so look out for her and her new buggy if you are there.
Once again thank you everyone for your kind donations. Our agility family is the
Samantha's Memory Walk 2018
Samantha Foreman is taking part in the Maidstone Memory Walk 2018 on 8th
September for the
Alzheimer's Society because she wants a world without dementia.
She has seen and heard first-hand how this condition affects people and
their families and wants to beat it.
Sammy's Grade 7 dog is a little too old to be taken and would only spend the
time looking for jumps and dog walks but she will be taking her Grade 3 dog with
Help Sammy and 110,000 others beat this bad condition by donating to her
Just Giving page.
Sam raised £335 for her walk. There was 100’s of people there. She was a
bit stiff afterwards but very excited she had done it.
Emilia & Squiffy
The auction to help raise funds to send Emilia Bowers and Sqiffy
European Open Junior Agility Championships closes
at 7pm on Friday, 29th June. There are currently 60 items to bid on including a
Dog Vegas camping voucher worth £20 for their August show. Premier dog
food, Champagne, dog books, leads, toys and treats for dogs and even a VR
Bidding started on 22nd June and Team GB fly out to The
Netherlands on 9th July . The show
13th - 15th
Winners will have to collect their items at shows or pay
potential postage. Collection will be arranged from the person who donated
To bid go to
Payments can be made via PayPal or BACS.
if we mentioned it last year but, when we were holding a stall in the Otley
Council offices last year we bumped into the Mayor, Nigel Francis, who showed a
lot of interest in our work. Then at Christmas we found ourselves one of the
Mayors listed charities (he had 15 in total) on the back of the local Mayors
forgot all about it until last weekend when
we had a phone call inviting us to attend the outgoing of the current Mayor and
the inauguration of the new one. The upshot was that we were handed a cheque for
Gobsmacked didn’t cut it!
So thank you so much, Nigel, and all the people of Otley who
supported all the fundraising activities throughout last year. We are truly
grateful fro every penny.
Stolen Caravan Appeal
Please help support a fellow agility lady.
Ashley Carter's 'new to her' caravan stolen just one day before she was
due to collect it. Unfortunately, it had not been insured yet.
Nicky Gleadow said,
'Ashley is one of the kindest people I’ve met and Jenny Hastie, one of her
friends set a Gofundme page to help her and her partner Steve get another
caravan. Please give if you can.'
In the meantime, please keep an eye open for
an Elddis Avante 534 2004 model - Vin number SGE5000EX4AVA1489. (Similar
to the one above.) It was taken on 24th April from Washington, West Sussex.
To donate to a
fund to replace Ashley and Steve's caravan,
The Pit Sessions
contacts at Imerys and in conjunction with Canicross Cornwall, Max Archenhold
has managed to get permission to use a disused clay pit which has a stunning
luna-like lake at it's centre for a charity Canicross event to raise money for
the Cinnamon Trust, a Cornish-based National charity for helping the old
and terminally ill with problems faced by them and their pets.
The site has stunning coast to
coast views over the mid-Cornwall landscape. It is a very unique event because
of its location and that the general public would not normally be allowed on the
It is happening at Blackpool,
China Clay Pit, Trewoon, St. AUstell (PL25) on Saturday, 13th of May 2018.
There is a novice class if anyone interested. The course is 5k long and is at an
old clay works not normally open to the public
information, contact Max at
Pawprints for Charity
Now you can buy your very own pet portrait
and help raise money to open a new dog rescue centre, Tristan's Pawprints!
Megan Smyth is now taking commissions for her
friend Rebecca Hoedemaker, a 23 year old widow who is in the process of starting
the charity in memory of her beloved husband who died suddenly in December 2017,
Portraits - dogs and people - are drawn
personally by Rebecca and all proceeds go straight into the charity. Portraits
are A4 size and come with a glass covers starting at £40.
Tristan’s Pawprints on
Facebook for more information.
Carol Careless would like to thank all the
wonderful people, friends and family who contributed to her shave for charity at
the TAG Easter Show. On the day, people donated £233.40. Thank you to Rachel
Rogers for allowing me to do the shave at TAG, Helen and Rob Taylor for your
support and Roz Bradbury for the lift home! and to all you wonderful friends and
family for the generous donations.
addition, ABAA members donated £95 and Annie Austin (formerly Knight) has
contributed her year's tops which was another £70. There were also personal
donations of £180. Altogether the grand total so far is £578.40 with hopefully
more to come.
The recipients of the money include:-
Smokey Paws who provide pet oxygen masks
to the UK's fire service.
Cuan Wildlife Charity, Shropshire's only 24/7
wildlife rescue centre that rescues, cares for and rehabilitates sick, injured
and orphaned wild animals and birds.
Davies to cover his entry and expenses to go to the World Games / Special
Olympics next year. Alex
is on the Autistic spectrum and unfortunately
earlier this year lost sight in one eye. He always helps at our shows and always
has a smile. Occasionally he runs Kera occasionally.
This post is in praise of all the wonderful,
kind and generous agility folk who have been helping the small charity Oasis
Relief to bring safe, fresh and readily available water to thousands of
vulnerable people in Zambia.
Oasis Relief has been
selling cakes at agility shows, car boot sales and market stalls 'Up North'
They have been going out to Zambia every year
since 2005, and we have sunk 41 boreholes in total.
Two of these have been dedicated to Northern
Agility, and this year they specifically named one for Otley DTS and another for
Weardale DAC. Altogether they
have have raised enough money to sink 41 boreholes in total from the
and agility competitor Maureen Shepherd said, 'We pay all our own
administrative costs and pay for the cost of travel and accommodation in
Zambia each year so we can get a feel for what needs doing next at our two
schools, the clinic and the skills centre. And, of course, we go to
all the borehole sites and oversee the dig.
still a million communities in need that have no choice but to drink the
filthiest water imaginable!
So if you
are travelling to Otley, Weardale or Lincoln shows this year, please help us by
buying our cakes. They come well recommended. There will never be a better
reason to put on a bit of weight!
Dogs for Good Demo
Perry is organising a demo on behalf of Dogs for Good (Dogs for the Disabled),
to be held at KC House in Warwickshire on the 17th June 2017. The fun show is
open between 11am – 3pm. The actual Demo will be run at about 12.00, and will
last approx 30 minutes.
said, 'I have been part of the demo and
running the agility ring now for the past four years, and love the work that
DFD do. Unfortunately, due to costs involved, it is entirely on a voluntary
basis, but free lunch is provided. And it's an all together fun day out with
there are anyone out there who is disabled or has mobility issues who like to
take part, contact Nigel Perry by
email or ring 0161 776 9785 or m. 07950 636435.
Charity Event Triumph for Team Agria!
Congratulations to cycling Team Agria! Once
again, they’ve conquered the notoriously tough Extra Mile Challenge, and in
doing so, raised crucial funds for three exceptional charities – Medical
Detection Dogs, Service Dogs UK and Willen Hospice.
Having cycled in relay for three days
covering over 500 miles, three countries and tackling daily elevations of around
12,000 feet, Team Agria is now very close to reaching their fundraising target
and helping their charities have a great start to 2017.
This was the 4th year that Agria Pet
Insurance has taken part in the challenge, and this time three Agria teams went
to help raise as much for the charities as they could. Agria’s Angels – the only
all-girl team taking part in the event, and the two all-boy teams - Agria
Forsakens – who lived up to their name with a team member forsaken through
injury, cutting them to a team of just three, and Agria Willens.
Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria
Pet Insurance and Team Captain of Agria Forsakens commented, 'A daunting
challenge! One man down, a crazy distance and some imposing mountains … but
a combination of clear blue skies, breath-taking scenery and dogged tenacity
saw Team Agria Forsakens acquit themselves admirably arriving in Montreux
ahead of the pack. With just three of them – what an incredible achievement!
Leading the girls’ team for another year,
and her 6th Extra Mile Challenge, was Agria’s Partnerships Manager, Lorraine
Tannatt Nash: 'This year’s event was as tough as any with steep hill after
steep hill to climb – at one point taking us up past the very top of a ski
lift! The result was the usual combination of sore legs, burning lungs and
didn’t help ourselves by riding a stint in full angel regalia; the wings and
skirts did nothing for our aero dynamism, but we did get lots of waves and
smiles as a result! I’m glad to say that the exceptional camaraderie of the
event helped take our minds off the exhaustion, and the pain was a small
price to pay to support such incredible charities.'
Dr Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection
Dogs, says, 'Yet again, Team Agria has amazed us all with their fantastic
‘Extra Mile Challenge’ fundraising initiative. A huge well done from
everyone at Medical Detection Dogs.'
Every pound raised makes a real difference.
For Medical Detection Dogs, this could be towards a £10 collar or a £250 puppy
starter kit – ensuring their crucial work can continue.
Dawn Clark, Fundraising Manager at Willen Hospice,
said, 'We’re absolutely delighted that Agria Pet Insurance chose to support Willen Hospice
as one of their charities for the Extra Mile Challenge. We’d like to say a
huge well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you again to them
all for helping raise vital funds for the care here at Willen Hospice.'
Could you help Team Agria reach their target?
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Agria-2016 for more details.
You can also see how the challenge went by
visiting the team’s Facebook page:
'Is it wrong to be ridiculously excited about receiving my sticker? '
Crufts Car Stickers for Charity
The Kennel Club has kindly
sent 100 x ‘I’ve qualified my dog for Crufts 2017’ car stickers to Agilitynet to
distribute to anyone who has qualified for Crufts next year -either as an
individual or as part of a team.
the stickers are free of charge but we do ask for a small, completely voluntary
contribution to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, a great organisation that
funds research into canine disease and supports dog welfare. Cheques should be
made out to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, NOT Agilitynet.
We are happy to send out
stickers to anyone who has qualified for YKC events, Flyball, Obedience and
Breed etc. in addition to agility but there is a limited supply so you need to
Just send a standard size SAE to me at
Agilitynet, 38 Northolme Road, London N5 2UU.
Fundraising for the Royal British Legion
Roger Williams and his trying to raise
£45,000 for the Royal British Legion Dunkirk Memorial House Amenity fund 2017.
This works out at £500 per person each year and every year. The money will be
used for activities, entertainment, day trips, running costs of the minibus,
residents hobbies like gardening, digital photography, computers, cooking and
art etc. This provides these servicemen and women activities for their futures
who served our country home and abroad, which gave our futures!
Dunkirk Memorial House in Taunton is one of
the Royal British Legion’s Care Homes, with a specialist dementia care wing.
Like every one of the Legion's Care Homes, it is exclusive to ex-Service people
and their dependents. Situated close to the village of Bishops Lydeard, eight
miles from the bustling town of Taunton in Somerset, it is the only nursing home
in the South West. Spacious and comfortable, it's somewhere residents can feel
is their real home, for as long as they are with us.
Currently there are several husbands and
wives with relatives involved in Agility at this particular home in the South
West including Roger's father (100 years old next month). Roger#s wide and son
compete in both KC and UKA events all around the country.
said, 'We just thought that at this time of year in particular it was very
important to support our arm force personal both serving and those resident and
supported by the British Legion.'
Dunkirk Memorial House has 60 rooms, all with
en-suite facilities, and a 30 bed Dementia care wing. We know how much being
independent means to our residents, so everyone has a key to their own room, as
requested. Round-the-clock care from a team of experienced, registered nurses
and dedicated care assistants ensures safety and security for our residents.
residents will have their 100th Birthdays in November and December 2016. One of
them received the Lord Lieutenant's award in August 2016 at 99 years old. He
served in Burma in 1939-1945 as a Captain in the Royal Signals. He also served
in the TA prior that. He learnt computers and digital photography at 90 yrs old
and gained qualifications in both.
He is one of the many veterans who have great
stories to tell and great futures to live. Please give them a future by giving a
donation large or small.
Thank you and please share the
link, so we can
get this great cause go public thorough out the UK.
Agria's 500 Miles for Dog Charities
With just a few training
sessions left, Team Agria is gearing up for a 500 mile, three-day intense cycle
relay with the Extra Mile Challenge to raise money for three very worthwhile
causes. This is the second year Agria will cycle for Medical Detection Dogs. The
charity trains bio-detection dogs to use their sense of smell to detect cancer
in urine and breath samples and assistance dogs to alert individuals with severe
medical conditions to an oncoming life-threatening event.
It’s the fourth year that
Agria Pet Insurance has taken part in this gruelling event, and this year the
team will be supporting Medical Detection Dogs, Service Dogs UK and Willen
Hospice. But it won’t be easy. The 2016 route will push the twelve taking part
to the limit as they cross from France to Germany and finally into Switzerland,
whilst tackling numerous climbs of up to 4,000’ with daily elevations of around
Aiming to raise as much
money as possible, for 2016 Agria has three teams set to embark on the
Agria Forsakens - led by Team Captain
Simon Wheeler, Agria’s Managing Director
Agria's Angels All-Female
Team - led by Team Captain (and 6-time Extra Mile Challenge veteran!)
Lorraine Tannatt Nash, Agria’s Partnerships Manager
Agria Willens - led by Team Captain John
Walker-Lee, Agria’s Head of Underwriting
Dr. Claire Guest, CEO of Medical
Detection Dogs said 'Medical Detection Dogs is wholly reliant on donations
to fund our ground-breaking work training dogs to detect disease through
odour and we are delighted that Agria is continuing to support the charity
with another incredible cycling challenge.'
Service Dogs UK provides
veterans from the Armed Forces and Emergency Services suffering with PTSD the
benefit of specially trained assistance dogs. These are all rescue dogs trained
at no cost to the veteran.
Joint founder of Service Dogs UK, Judith
Broug, says, 'To a small and new charity like ourselves what counts is the
belief of fantastic individuals, like Lorraine and the rest of Team Agria,
to go out there, push themselves to the limit, raise funds and awareness for
Service Dogs UK. It makes all the difference; both for veterans with Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder and rescue dogs.'
And last but not least,
Willen Hospice provides specialist care for people whose illness no longer
responds to curative treatment (also known as palliative care). Willen Hospice
provides care for people over the age of 18 in Milton Keynes and the surrounding
Extra Mile Challenge is an incredible event and we’d like to say a huge
thank you and good luck to everyone in the Agria team taking part – we’re
delighted they’re supporting us. Agria’s fundraising will help Willen Hospice
to continue to be there to care for our patients and their loved ones,' says
Laura Conway, Challenges and In-Memory Fundraiser.
Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria
Pet Insurance continued, 'Taking part in the annual Extra Mile Challenge has
become something of a tradition at Agria and a fantastic way for us to help
raise crucial funds for some incredible charities. It's always a real test
of everyone’s fitness and ability, but supporting these organisations makes
the pain, sweat and hill climbs all worthwhile!'
Could you spare £5 for
Team Agria’s sponsorship pot? They’d be so grateful if you could! See
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Agria-2016 for more details.
You can also follow and
encourage Team Agria on their adventure on social media at: Facebook:
Ruth Smith-Howell Brave Shaver
Ruth Smith - Howell and her 11
year old daughter Abi are having their hair shaved off on November 19th at the
Bitz 'n Bobz show. The money will go to Macmilla Cancer Support. Their hair is
then being donated to Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children and young
adults with cancer. They are both doing this because they lost a very dear
friend to cancer and Macmillans helped her and her family.
The link to the Brave the Shave
JustGiving page is
Agility Against Cancer
Against Cancer is very simple concept. The Dog Agility Community is a great
family and families always try to help each other. Seeing all agility people
gather together to celebrate the life of Tracey Flower, one of our top agility
competitors and also hearing the sad news about Yvonne Goode gave me the idea to
make fundraising easy but also a way to bring our beautiful community together.
Most of us have been affected in one way or another by cancer and together we
can make a difference Agility Against Cancer was born and my vision is to
create a sustainable fundraising platform to help anyone from our community. All
profits will go directly to help fund treatment for the chosen person. We will
help anyone in the agility community needing help.
is where we are. This website is to help you join in that fundraising and to
show that together we are stronger. If you have any ideas or suggestions please
feel free to make them. We are not website designers or professional fund
raisers just normal agility competitors so we will always be happy to listen or
take any help you can offer. If you know of someone that need our help please
let us know.
our FB group Agility Against Cancer or look at our website
#YvonneGoode Fundraiser - Online Auction & Raffle
you know Yvonne Goode and how much she has done to help abandoned dogs in the UK
and abroad. Well, now Yvonne needs our help. She is suffering from drug induced
leukaemia and secondary cancer, both very aggressive.
was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. After treatment, she was given the all
clear, but in January this year she got the devastating news that she was poorly
again. Consequenhtly she had radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which resulted in
her getting leukemia. After having six weeks intense chemo in March this year,
she got the news she wasn't hoping for. She has been having chemo since which is
just keeping her going and has been told she is too high risk for stem cell
treatment here. She has been offered a place in Germany for some pioneering
trying to raise funds to help Yvonne get life-saving immunotherapy treatment at
the Hallwang Clinic in Germany as it's not available in the UK. The treatment
will cost in the region of £150,000, so every penny helps. This Clinic has cured
patients of cancer! For more information, visit http://www.hallwang-clinic.com
group of us are running an On-line Auction & Raffle on
will close at midnight on Sunday, 7 August. There are some amazing items on
offer including a few multi-dog weekend breaks!
wish to pledge an item, please PM Mandy Melville-Love with details and photos,
and she will turn it into a Lot and add it to the page. If you just wish to make
a donation, please do so at
Jack Wilkinson has also set up a
JustGiving page to raise
£7,000 to help fund Yvonne's immunotherapy.
Mandy Melville-Love and Lotta Bowers
Marie Currie Fundraising
Over the last two years, Carol Lynch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in
2014, has raised over £2,000 for Marie Currie. Following treatment she developed
serve painful peripheral neuropathy - symptoms is damage to the nerves-
predominantly affecting her feet and hands.Her cancer is now in remission, but
she still attends the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead for pain management..
Carol regularly attends agility
competitions with her dogs Meg (now retired) and Sky. She uses this opportunity
to raise funds for the Hospice, With special support from Orchard Agility Club,
she holds collection at each of their shows.
She said, 'Nothing stops me. As you can see I still enjoy agility even if I
can't really run any more. I will be round the shows this year trying to
collect more funds for Marie Curie.
Agility Wheels Target Success
After 19 months of fundraising, Pauline Angus
will at last be four wheel driven. The target (£12,500) was reached in
September 2015. A large proportion of the money raised was from the agility
community, what an amazing achievement!
Pauline Angus was born with a rare condition
which rendered her a permanent wheelchair user. Her current wheelchair was not
designed for muddy fields and agility and had seen better days (due to her
lifestyle!) so we set about fundraising for a new 4x4 wheelchair, something more
suited to the activities Pauline enjoys.
Karen Fuller said, 'Pauline and I would
like to thank every single person who donated, the clubs who allowed us to
fundraise, the other agility folk and clubs who were inspired to raise funds
themselves and agility businesses who donated prizes - you have ALL
contributed to improve Pauline's lifestyle especially during the winter
months when she would previously be unable to access many of her local
fields, woods and beaches.
Extra thanks to Andrea for spending hours
making the udder toys and helping me organise and run the events, also to
Lynne, Lydia, Jackie, Michaela and Billy who gave up so much time at the
fundraising events and putting up with me. Not forgetting our Waverunners
club members who pitched in and helped on the stands and for all their
donations of raffle prizes and udder washing, etc.'
The reality of this generosity is life
changing for Pauline who will now have so much more freedom to enjoy the things
most of us take for granted. An added bonus will be she should be whizzing
around the agility shows next season without worrying about the ground
conditions, so please do keep an eye open for her and make sure she is sticking
to the 5mph speed limit!
Agility Wheels Update
It was another great fundraising day at Southdowns
show for Pauline Angus' Agility Wheels. Not only have they reached their target
but have enough for some upgrades and we can also refurbish her current
wheelchair. Pauline, who can be found most weekends at agility show, was born
with the rare congenital condition known as arthrogryposis, which affects the
muscles and bones of the limbs. In Pauline's case the condition
So a heartfelt thank you to every single
person who donated money, gave raffle prizes, gave up their time, etc. You have
helped change Pauline's life. Her new off-road wheelchair will give her so much
freedom with her dogs - something that is priceless.
Pauline said, 'Thank you to my family,
friends, agility community and the village community so much for all your
generous support in helping me fundraise for my new all terrain wheelchair,
we have reached our goal and I'll be ordering it this week.'
Dog Vegas Charity Cake Sale
Well done to everyone who donated, ate cake
and bought raffle tickets at the largest coffee morning in aid of McMillan Dog
Vegas this past weekend. The total raised for Macmillan is £630.00!
also have a further £95+ to add to the running total of what has been raised
this year for the Ainmhithe Animal Rescue, which is their chosen charity for
are starting to look towards our fundraising for next year and are looking for
suggestions for which charity to support. They would like Dog Vegas members and
competitors to have a think and let us know who you would like to support. Then
we will put the most popular suggestions to a vote.
Buy a Cake and Help Provide Clean
Water to Communities in Africa
and the lovely volunteers from Oasis Relief are busy baking cakes and making jam
and preserves to sell this weekend at Otley Show. Just some advance notice for
you to bring some extra money. Their baked goods and preserves got rave reviews
last year so be sure to get there early!
also be at Weardale show on the 1st and 2nd of August.
The aim this year is to use the money raised
at agility shows to sponsor an actual borehole to provide fresh water for a
village in Zambia.
Relief is a small charity which has been supporting the sinking of boreholes out
in Zambia for the last ten years. They have sunk 16 boreholes to date, and they
estimate that this has provided clean, safe water for at least 30,000 people. To
sink the hole, they hire a company who use an industrial drilling machine to dig
a 6 inch diameter hole down to a depth of 50 metres.
They then buy an India Mark 2 hand pump which is fitted by the local community
led by Paul Swala, the project manager out in Lusaka. The total cost of
borehole is approximately £1,200.
many, many communities desperate for water, and Paul helps to identify the most
needy villages or compounds before the charity's yearly visit in October. Last
year they were very productive and sank seven boreholes within three weeks!
our water provision, Oasis has also helped to develop three schools as they
believe that education leads to hope for a better future. The schools are all in
areas where they have sunk a borehole.
raised through selling cakes and jams goes directly to the charity. They pay for
all the ingredients themselves and even pay for a slice if they want to eat it!
They foot all administrative costs, and pay their own air fares and expenses
whilst in Zambia.
Maureen, Bernie and Pam said, 'We
appreciate your kind donations, and this year we hope we can raise enough
money to be able to dedicate a specific borehole to our agility friends.
With your help, and a disregard for the calories, this could be sited and
dug this October.'
Huge thanks to everyone at Oswestry Show today - raised an incredible
£612.68 selling cakes, teddies and tombola! Extra thanks to Peter for
donating more of his amazing cakes, Oliver for helping with the baking on
Friday and to Emily and Louise for all their help on the stall today. Oh
yes, and well done Annette for winning the star prize!
Tenten on FB
Fabulous cakes at Otley show today! My freezer is now full, ready for when I
need some comfort food again lol!
Hope they made loads
of money for their bore hole, clean water charity. Really worthwhile. We
fret over taking 'home' water to shows for dogs, and making sure the water
bowls are always clean and full. In the areas covered by the charity,
mothers have a choice of contaminated water for their babies and children,
or no water at all. Put things into perspective for me!
Help Julia Raise Money for Pet Blood Bank
Saturday, 6th June, a Team from Active Agility will be attempting
Trekfest is one of the toughest charity treks in the UK,
a 29 mile walk in 12 hours on the Brecon Beacons. The Team
consists of Claire, Julia, Sam, Georgia and Kelly all members from our club.
They are walking on behalf of the Clubs charity Pet Blood Bank
who in the last few years have helped so many dogs with this amazing service. My
own dog gave blood during his lifetime and was a willing donor. Some of you may
have had experience in the past if your furry friends have need an operation
which required blood this is the service which would have been called on.
The team has already hit there original target of £500.00 but
they would like to try and either double or possibly treble it. Donations go
straight to Pet Blood Bank.
said on FB, 'I
don't normally ask anyone to give to any charity but this is very close to me
and the clubs heart and if you can spare a few moments and just a few pounds
every little helps.
Julie Eady is fundraising on
Guess the Sweeties for Team GB
Last weekend Amy Bennett's good friend
Jennifer Machon did a 'guess how many sweets in the jar' game to help raise
money for her trip to the EO, and World Champions, representing Team GB in
agility! Amy was lucky enough to have the winning guess!
So Amy has decided to run the game again
to continue to help her raise the money for Jen's trips this year! She has
changed the amount of sweets in the jar and will be at Nottingham Champ this
weekend JDA next week and Hinckley champ next weekend. Guesses start from 100
and finish at 400. Each guess cost £1 and the winner wins the jar of sweets!
It's easy and quick. so please help Jen
raise money for her trips this year and support Team GB!
Update: Amy has decided to continue the
competition at Dartford / Keston as the right answer has not been guessed.
Support Julie's Charity Stall
for Irish Rescue
Julie Smith is going to be running a
charity stall at JDA next week and a few other shows this season to raise funds
for Ainmhithe (An-va-ha) Animal Rescue. This is a small Irish rescue which helps
all animals in need. Lots of dogs/ puppies have been rehomed over here in the UK
due to a lack of homes in Ireland. Julie foster lots of puppies for them.
Due to new legislation all dogs have to
have a pet passport to travel. This results in extra costs for the rescues which
takes its toll, so Julie is doing a doggy tombola for them. All prizes will be
doggy related so hopefully useful prizes.
If anyone has anything they can donate as
a prizes she would be most grateful.
Julie will be doing the charity stalls at
JDA, Empingham and Dog Vegas (Thetford) so far. Hopefully more later in the
season and next year. Anyone not at those shows can get things to me via Ian
Hastie, Catherine Kendall, Nikki Emson and others that know me and train at
Castaspell Agility or are going to those shows.
Defib Challenge Success
A big massive thank you to all those who
took part in the Hare and Hounds agility show Defib challenge this evening. 'Resus
Ted' only got bitten three times and jumped on once. Thus far £80 has been
raised far for the Hare 'n Hounds defibrillator.
The competition was a Pay on the Day with a
simple jumping course with purely jumps and tunnels set up in a heart shape.
When the handlers got half way they had to do five chest compressions on Resus
Ted, then complete the course. Competitors were eliminated if the dog bit Ted
and the dog had to stay inside a marked area while resus took place.
In 1st place was Alice Hunter and Charlie,
2nd was Alice Hunter with Charlie again, 3rd place Louise Laidler with Tizzy,
4th was Louise Laidler with Tizzy and in 5th place was Janet Nero with Drew.
Alice will be taking home a new wooden jump as 1st prize.
There were prizes to 5yj place so as the
saying goes you've got to be in it to win it. The next Challenge will be on
Friday evening, 22 May, around 6pm. You can have as many goes as you like and
you jump your dog at their normal competition height and Anysize dogs can take
part in their normal any size jump height. You can have as many goes as you like
pay on the day £1 a run.
Update: As ever an amazing
Spring show at Hare n Hounds has just finished, made even more special with
the fundraising efforts of June and Derick Robinson who raised more than
enough money over the week to buy a defibrilator for use at the shows.
Incredible to raise over £1,100. Well done everyone. Let's hope we never
have to use it
Guess the Baby's Weight for Charity
Want to win one
of 20 great prizes, including a 1-2-1 session with Natasha Wise, and help Cancer Research UK in
Selena Bray and David Isbister's baby is due on 18
February. Selena has agreed for a sweepstake to be held to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Entry is a donation of £2 but please feel to give more if
you wish. Then put your guess in the comments box in the following format (lbs,oz/date/time) eg,
7.12, 18.02.15, 0700. The sweepstake will be based firstly on the weight of the baby, then the
date and time of birth. This will give you lots of options.
Smiffy's Charity Valentine Ball
Those nice people at Smiffy's Catering are organising a
Valentine's Ball in aid fo the Harrison Smith Future Care Fund on Saturday, 14 February
Harry was born on 25 March 2008 with a rare chromosome
deficiency called 1p36 deletion syndrome, This means that Harry's physical and mental grown are
affected as well as his motor skills, As he grows, Harry will need special equipment and care
alongside his NHS care.
All the money raised at this event will go towards his
future care. Tickets are £60 per head and include a 3 course dinner and wine. There will be
live entertainment with Jamie Johnson from The Voice, a disco, auction and raffle.
The ball will be held at The Brand's Hatch Thistle Hotel,
West Kingsdown, Kent DA3 9PS.
Any auction or raffle prize donations would be greatly
appreciated. If you wish to stay at The Thistle,
email Sue Smith for a
reduced rate code (subject to availability)
Update from Sue Smith... After the
ball was over
We had a fabulous night, and we raised a massive
£10,040 for the Harrison smith future care fund which was more than i expected, if people would
like to see more about harry they can on his Facebook page Harrison smith future care fund.
and yes we would like to renew hour membership shall i send a cheque or can i transfer the
£110.00. We even had some agility people along at the Ball which was fantastic!
Sky Diving for Cancer
Neil Ellis, a regular competitor and judge on the agility
circuit! for a while now, has really wanted to do a sky dive, but he thought it would only be
right to do it for charity. So he has decided to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK to help raise
awareness of the disease and to help those who currently suffer from it.
His aim is to raise at least £400 in three weeks as he is
jumping on the 26th September! Please pleaseee follow this
link and help him reach his target. Even £1
will help to get there. Thank you soo much!
Wedding Anniversary Charity Pairs at Dog Vegas
Mike and Julie Stallard who got married at Dog Vegas last
year are sponsoring a fancy dress Wedding Anniversary Pairs Special on Sunday evening of the 22
August Dog Vegas show this year. They are raising money to get a community electroic
weelchair suitable for agility so all those who are wheelchair bound have access to our sport.
Thus far club members at MJS Agility have raised and
donate £1300-1400 for the cause. Their goal is about £3000 so they can get a good robust chair
what will be kept at MJS but will be available for anyone to use.
A huge thank you to Dog Vegas for all their support. Any
donations are welcome. For details email Mike at
email@example.com or ring m. 07944 249350.
It was a fantastic wedding anniversary weekend at Dog Vegas with my lovely wife Julie. A
huge thanks to all that entered the Fun Pairs Sunday evening - especially all those that
dressed up, fantastic!
We raised approx £140 towards out communal agility
wheelchair fund . A great laugh and good fun had by all. Our Dog Vegas were superb
hosts, again allowing us to use their facilities in the evening. We shall be looking at doing
something similar next year, if Vegas are able.
Again thank you to all those who just came up and
donated as well. Agility folk are the best. Our total is now about £1500 . For those who
don't know, we are raising money to get a proper all-terrain wheelchair for agility so we can
get all disabled persons involved in our wonderful sport. We need approx £8000. See details
The Crufts Car Stickers Are Back
Every year the Kennel Clubs makes 'I've Qualified for
Crufts' car stickers available to anyone who has qualified for Crufts in either Agility,
Obedience, Flyball, Ring Craft or Breed etc. You can buy them from the Kennel Club Shop or they are free
from Agilitynet, providing that you send an SAE to Agilitynet, 38 Northolme Road, London N5
2UU. And here's an idea. If you are part of a Team which has qualified, you can ask for a
stocker for each member. And don't forget the Reserves!
you send a voluntary donation to the Kennel Charitable Trust, we will send you two stickers -
one for your car and the other for your dog van. It's a great cause and every little bit helps.
The KCCT has been making a difference for dogs since
1987. It funds research into diseases and other health conditions in dogs, supports the
training of dogs to help humans and helps rescue organisations. Thus far, it has raised more
than £8 million in donations from dog lovers.
Help Save the Turtles
(Bex) Bebbington is running a Beginners games show on Monday, 9 June at 6pm at Dig It DTC. This
show is exclusively for people who have not yet competed, have just started competing, or have
yet to win out of beginners.
This is a fundraising show for her expedition to Mexico
this summer to conduct conservation research on an endangered population of Green Sea Turtles
with Operation Wallacea.
Sea turtles are increasingly popular as a form of
wildlife tourism, but little is known about the effect of tourism on turtle behaviour. This
current study is aimed to investigate the effect of tourism on immature green turtles (Chelonia
mydas) in Akumal Bay, Mexico and to investigate turtle feeding preferences and possible
overgrazing of specific sea grass species.
Download schedule from
East Yorkshire AC Signs Up for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Challenge
Cancer touches so many lives. After two close family members lost their fight
two years ago one of the East Yorkshire AC trainers, Vikki Cowling, decided to enter Race for
Life Pretty Muddy in September at Clumber Park. Not wanting to take this challenge alone, Vikki
decided to ask club members if they would like to join her.
East Yorkshire Agility Club members are very close and supportive of each
other. There are now 17 club members taking the challenge, and there will be many more
supporting them by sponsoring or cheering them on on the day.
Over the last three years EYAC has raised money for the local branch of
Hearing Dogs by doing a sponsored walk, so they aren't new to raising money for charity. They
will give 100% to this challenge and will encourage and support each other over this 5k muddy
obstacle course where anyone of any ability can climb walk or jog all over cancer.
If you would like to know more about the challenge go to
If you would like to
sponsor EYAC the link to their just giving page is:
Philippa Reports on Wheelchair Fundraising
a steady start, I'm delighted to report a recent burst of activity has taken my total raised so
far to £5,006.49 or 35% of my £14,000 target.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get this
far, be it by helping me write press releases and charity applications, by making donations
including donations from not sending Christmas Cards, cooking bread pudding and cake sales and
donating many and various items for draws/raffles and auctions.
I have updated my website with a list
of Thank Yous. Now things are happening quite quickly the list is growing all the time and
I will update it again shortly. I really appreciate all the support from the fabulous agility
community, old and young alike, including your encouraging words that sustain me through the
dark days whilst I'm working toward being able to compete again. Somehow saying thank you
doesn't really feel like enough, but for now it's what I can do.
So, thank you to Sally Jones/Dogs 'r’ Dogs, Kelly
Howarth, Sue Howlett/Loafers Cafe, Bincknoll DTC, Sue Rafter/South Bay Holiday Park and her
team of Shirley French, her friend Jenny and Vera Burton, Lauren Langman and Sandra Adams of
Devon Dogs and Adams Show, Rose Ash K9’s, Nutriment for powering Boogie, Verm-X and Bioflow, to
name but a few.
I'm looking forward to more of this summers fundraising
events, The next of which is a draw and auction at the Kernow K9 Easter Show. All donations
welcome. I've had some fabulous prizes donated already, including 6 2x2 weaves, a fine art
original, a rocker board, agility DVDs, T-shirts, dog gear, champagne, wine, jewellery, hair
products and various agility-related vouchers, some do come along and but some tickets. For a
couple of the items, I'm running a
Sealed Bid Auction on 18-19 April 2014 at Kernow K9 Show and on-line before. Please do take
a look at that, too.
After that I'll be at the UKA Phoenix Show on 24 May
where I will be running a quiz, at the UKA Sands Show on 14 June 2014, running a Flick Flack
Challenge and then at the UKA Aldon Show on 21 June 2014 where they are holding a Fun Class on
my behalf - all of which I hope will be enjoyable and I look forward to seeing many of you
Support the Somerset Flood Appeal
When two Dog Agility friends from Somerset came up with
the idea to raise funds for flood victims on the Somerset Levels, they could not have imagined
the overwhelming response they would receive from the local community.
Ruth Soutar and Marilyn Adams, who both live near the
flood affected areas, thought a fundraising morning at their local training field would be the
perfect way of doing their bit for the Somerset Flood Appeal. Little did they know their small
event called 'Run For The Levels' would result in a surge of support from across the region,
and grow into an independent show with 24 classes which is due to take place at Taunton
Racecourse on Saturday, 29 March.
Ruth Soutar said 'We sent out a few emails to our
agility friends to see if anyone was interested and, within days, it became clear that our
field was not going to be big enough to accommodate everyone. We started asking around for a
larger venue and the next thing we know we have been offered the use of several large venues,
assistance from equipment hirers and businesses, clubs and individuals wanting to sponsor
rings and help.'
The pair have been overwhelmed with the support they have
received including Taunton Racecourse who are providing a brilliant venue, while equipment
costs are being covered by First Contact Agility, Daybreak Dog Training, Norton Rosettes,
Taryntimers, iSS Show Services, Minster Veterinary Surgery and many other clubs and
individuals. A number of organisations are sponsoring the trophies for the classes including;
Paws on The Levels, Feroda Agility, Mind to Win, Poetic Paws Training, CSJ Canine Feeds, Active
Dog Services, Tone Veterinary Centre and Wilmott Mobility.
Marilyn added 'We also have four judges who have
stepped in to help at short notice and, on top of all, we also have raffle prizes flooding in
together with offers of help on the day. It makes us feel proud to be part of such a great
community who are all pulling together to make as much money as possible for the local people
affected by flooding.'
All monies raised will be donated to The Somerset
Community Foundation Flood Relief Fund via
Just Giving which is being used to relieve the immediate hardship individuals, families and
communities are facing and support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. For many,
it is the second time in two years they have been affected, and whole communities have been cut
off for weeks. The response within the communities themselves has been magnificent, but there
is only so much they can do for themselves.
You can be part of Run for the Levels by downloading an
entry form from their group Facebook page or the
Agilitynet Show Diary or by registering via ISS Show Services. Those unable to attend can
still donate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you that attended Cornwall Agility Club's
shows this year, as you are aware this summer proceeds from the raffles and Fun Runs were in
aid of the Somerset Levels Flood Appeal. We are pleased to report we raised £200 for them,
and would like to thank everyone for their support. Lets hope for a drier winter for everyone
this year! Kim Lawer
Thank you so, so much Agilitynet for supporting our
fundraising event Run for the Levels SHow held on Saturday, 29 March. The day was fantastic -
the weather, the people, the cakes, and the 403 dogs!
We have been overwhelmed with the amazing generosity of
the clubs, businesses and individuals that donated prizes, sponsored rings, lent equipment
and helped on the day.
Our raffle raised £1,596 and the event has so far
raised £7,196 for the Somerset Community Foundation Flood Relief Appeal - all from Ruth & M's
idea to hold a Saturday morning fundraiser at our little training field! Please pass our
message of thanks on to others that we aren't aware of that have been also part of this
Christine, Marilyn & Ruth
I wish to publically thank Tuffley Agility Show for
donating some of their rosettes for our Run For The Levels Charity Show.
Thank you to the committee. Ruth Soutar
Entry for Run for the Levels show is now closed. There
will be no pay on the day but you can still donate n help raise money for Charity. The
original target was £3000, but so far over £4,000 has been raised. The goal is now £5,000.
Any donations would be very much appreciated. You can contribute via the
Run for the Levels Just Giving page
or by text RFLS90 £ to 70070.
Amy's Big Chop for Charity
Amy Bennett will be trying to raise money for
Macmillan Cancer Support by having 14 inches of her hair cut and then donating it to
a charity so that it can be made into wigs for cancer patients!
Amy said, 'I'm sure every single person knows someone
who has been brave enough to battle and beat cancer or unfortunately loose their battle to
cancer! So this is my way of helping those brave people who are battling cancer helping to
show my support!
Not only is she cutting her hair, but she is also trying
to raise as much money as she can. She has set up a Just Giving... page to make it quick and
easy to donate . Her aim is to raise £1000. So far she have raised just over £600!
She said, 'This is fab. I'm over the moon to have
raised this much already as Macmillans does such an amazing job. I would really love to reach
that £1000 target. I only have a week left until the big hair cut! Please visit my
Just Giving page and help me make a difference! Thank you.
Today was the big chop and as you can see it's all gone!! I would like to say a massive thank
you to everyone who has been so generous and donated on my Just Giving page! I'm over the moon
to have reached and exceeded my target of £1000 for Macmillan! Now I need to send off my hair
to charity so it can be made into wigs for cancer patients! Thank you everyone for your kind
support. It's means so much to me! And for those of you who haven't had chance to donate and
still want to then please visit my Just giving
M & M Raise Money for Prostate Cancer UK
Moira and Maddie from M & M's agility shows are pleased to
announce that they were able to donate £700 to Prostate Cancer UK from the proceeds of a
very successful raffle and from the show entries at their Christmas Cracker show.
Following the success of their show, they are having another
unaffiliated show on Sunday, 9 March. March Madness and take place at the Dog Training
Barn. The schedule will be available soon.