The competition received 988 votes and produced the following winners;
• Cutest puppy – Indie (Rebecca Scully) – top left
• Best lockdown workmate – Finn (Jenny Curtis) – top centre
• Gorgeous golden oldie – Alfie (Nicola Hudson) – top right
• Best rescue dog – Finn (Jenny Curtis) – bottom left
• Funniest dog picture – Indie (Rebecca Scully) – bottom right
The results were determined by the number of votes cast for each dog and Indie and
Finn won two categories each, with Alfie winning the other. The overall winning dog
with the most votes in total and receiving the Judges Favourite prize
was Rebecca Scully’s ‘Indie’ the Cockapoo.
Now, some may remember that the Business Club donated £1,000 and various items
of pre-loved IT equipment to Abbey Park Schools Federation in February (see
February’s newsletter). It turns out that Indie is something of a celebrity at the school
and her owner, Rebecca Scully, has sent me the following story about Indie and her
role within the school.
“Indie was born on April 20th 2020 and has been coming in to school since she was 8
weeks old (the day after I collected her). She comes to school every day with me.
Indie has had a hugely positive impact on our community, far more than I ever thought
possible. She is on the gate in the mornings where many children cuddle her, kiss her
and tell her they love her!
She is used as an incentive. Classes spend time walking her and playing ball with her.
Additionally, Indie is used to support children who may be finding things tough. These
children have some 1-1 quiet time (with a supervising adult) to help lower anxiety
levels. The year 2 class also interviewed Indie and I when they were ‘working’ as
advertisers for a dog re-homing centre. They learnt loads about how to care for
animals. Indie is a cockapoo and doesn’t shed which means none of our children have
any adverse reaction to her.
Many of our parents have commented on what an assert Indie is, how children are
excited to come to school to see her.
Our competition was open to all UK residents for VOTING on the Rotary Club of Pershore Facebook page. Full details of the entry categories and prizes were posted. Entries and fees via Facebook where you found how to send photos via facebook messenger followed by the Virgin Money Giving link. All winners were chosen by public vote (Facebook Likes). These are difficult times for many people particularly those suffering from feelings of depression, isolation, lonliness and other mental health issues. Hence, we have chosen to hold a virtual dog show (man's best friend) on Facebook to cheer us up and donate money raised to a local wellbeing group being set up in Pershore and to the MIND charity. The proceeds from this Dog Show competition will benefit the new
Pershore Wellbeing Hub and Springfield MIND charities
Graham Avison, who project managed the Facebook event, was very pleased with the
outcome. “We set out to raise money for the new Pershore Wellbeing Hub and
Springfield MIND, and also to engage with the general public through Facebook. By
achieving both a healthy fund and receiving nearly 1,000 votes on Facebook, we
consider our objectives were met”.
As a ‘thank you’ to all those who supported the competition, entered dogs, sponsored
prizes, donated to the charities or just voted for their favourite dogs, our new friend
‘Lonely’ should have the last word
We had set a target of £1000 so thankyou for helping us meet this goal.
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