Our local vets had their 20th birthday celebrations on August Bank Holiday Monday and invited charities to come along and set up tables in their large car park, to raise some funds.
Barbara and I represented our branch of Cats Protection, it was a hot sunny day and we took the chance to dress up as black and white cats with our ears and tails, they’ve been around a while now and looking a bit tatty but everyone laughed seeing us like that.
We got ready before we set off so we did get some strange looks on the way there, driving along with our ears sticking up lol…
We had tombola prizes, CP goods to sell and some CP freebies such as balloons, bookmarks etc too that Marion gave us to use.
The CP scratch cards proved very popular and two people won £2 each.
Mr Wilson, the vet who owns the practice came to talk to us and was interested that I used to work there for the Mr Wilson who died in 1976.
That Mr Wilson had only two staff, just another vet and their nurse/receptionist/assistant/jack of all trades me lol. This Mr Wilson has sixty staff. How times have changed!
We were next to Doreen and Kathryn, volunteers from Kays Hill so we took each other’s photos, had a go on each other’s tombolas and generally had a good laugh together.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day, quite a few people came, it wasn’t too busy but we were both kept going.
We met some lovely people and there were some different nationalities there. Mr Wilson himself is Australian and has a French vet on staff, a man from Minnesota, USA came to our stall and a gorgeous looking young man who we couldn’t decide if he was French or Italian. Kathryn our vet of the moment treating our Jozef came along and had a go on the tombola.
A man who said he never wins anything on tombolas, didn’t on ours, he was right, but he came back to tell us he had won a pair of socks on another stall, poor man what a prize.
We had posters of Chester along the front of our table and just about everyone had heard of his ordeal and they loved seeing the pictures of how he looks now, so much better! The one of him with George was much admired too.
There were a lot of children, parents were forking out money for our tombola for them and we gave the ones who didn’t win a prize a little bunny as a consolation prize.
Another animal charity was there too: The Ark on the Edge
They had a ‘hook a duck’ which was great fun and attracting a lot of children, it attracted Babz and me too and we won some sweeties lol which we’ll give to the little boy next door.
Their main attraction though was Dylan, a rescue cat from Ark on the Edge, he was on a harness, with his caretaker Chris. Here I must eat humble pie because I’ve never approved of cats on harnesses but this one revelled in it, he was quite happy and mingling with the people there, letting children stroke him.
But this is another story which I will write separately with photos of this most beautiful cat and Chris said she will come to PoC and tell us more about him!
When we came home and counted up the takings we were astonished that we had made £92.11, a wonderful result which Marion was pleased with and we know every penny will be put to good use by her.
Poor Marion hadn’t had a good day having had her hand ripped open by a feral cat with kittens.