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Essex Dog Day: 26th August 2018

18th May 2018

More local charities are set to benefit from the ever-popular Essex Dog Day taking place at Crix, Hatfield Peverel, on Sunday 26 August.

Preparations are well underway, and hopes are high that this year's event will be record-breaking in many ways, including the amount it raises for local community organisations.

Funds raised by the Essex Dog Day are managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and will help many local charities which are providing vital support to people in need.

Ian Twinley, owner of Crix and chairman of the organising committee said: “We are setting our sights on another extremely successful Essex Dog Day. The enthusiasm shown for the event is heart-warming and it is always very popular and well supported.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors once again with their four-legged friends. There will be plenty for everyone of all ages to enjoy with spectacular displays, lots of food on offer and many stalls which don’t just cater for dogs, including designer fashion and jewellery.

“There will be a wide range of classes and competitions for every kind of dog from pedigree poodles to magnificent mongrels.

“The children’s arena, sponsored by New Hall School, will return with plenty of dog show classes and activities for those aged up to 15.

“In the main arena, the ever-popular Essex Police dogs and cars will be chasing ‘criminals’.  New this year, will be the Galloping Acrobats, with their daring riders jumping on and off charging horses and the Watermill Wolves, the wolf pack that has appeared in the Game of Thrones and many other films and TV shows.”

Local charities also benefit from money raised by the Dog Day.  Ian said, “Last year, thanks to everyone involved, we raised £65,747, which brings the grand total raised in seven years to £410,000.  This year we are aiming to take that total to half a million and so that we can support even more good causes.”

Since the Crix Charitable Fund was established by Ian in 2014, all proceeds from the Dog Day and other events held at Crix are channelled through the Fund, to support local charities.  The Fund is managed by ECF who works with the Essex Dog Day committee to award grants each year to voluntary and community groups working in Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

Ian is a prominent supporter of ECF.  He said, “People come to the Dog Day from all over Essex, so it is important that we reach out to voluntary organisations working across the County so that they can benefit from the money raised.  Working with ECF helps us to do this as they have in-depth knowledge of the charitable and voluntary sector in Essex and they know where the money will make the greatest impact.

“The next Essex Dog Day will be held on Sunday 26 August. We are keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in volunteering on the day – positions range from helping with parking to serving tea and cake. You will find out how to apply on the volunteer page on www.essexdogday.com.”.

For more information about ECF, call Jo Macaulay on 01245 355947.

Among the local charities to receive grants following last year’s event were:

  • Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning: £3,000 to support a Food for Thought programme to aid the health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
  • Cirdan Sailing Trust: £3,000 to buy a replacement dinghy for one of the vessels used to provide sail training opportunities for young people.
  • Witham Boys' and Girls' Brigade: £2,460 to assist with the running costs of a youth organisation providing a range of activities to engage young people in their community.
  • Wilderness Foundation UK: £1,550 support for the outdoor based TurnAround programme for vulnerable young people from mid and North Essex.
  • Talk Listen Care: £2,490 to provide counselling for vulnerable young people who are at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) in Braintree.
  • Autism Anglia: £2,000 towards the salary of a welfare rights adviser working with autistic individuals and their families in Essex.
  • Braintree Youth Project Charity: £2,500 towards the running costs of a project supporting the development of young people through a range of activities.
  • Epping Forest Sportability Club: £3,000 to cover the coaching and running costs of a club providing sporting opportunities for young people with disabilities.