Dove Cottage’s fete draws big crowds and raises £5,500

Hairdressers Georgina Steward and Nicola Croft go to work on Hazel Bonshor and Sally-Ann Watson 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Hairdressers Georgina Steward and Nicola Croft go to work on Hazel Bonshor and Sally-Ann Watson PHOTO: Tim Williams

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Hundreds of people turned up to Dove Cottage’s summer fete held on Sunday.

The celebratory event marked the Stathern hospice’s 20th anniversary and the day started with a family dog show organised by Judith Daws.

Hazel Bonshor, Denise Kemp, Sally-Ann Watson and David Garland show off their bald heads  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Hazel Bonshor, Denise Kemp, Sally-Ann Watson and David Garland show off their bald heads PHOTO: Tim Williams

There were numerous attractions, stalls and arena events held during the day.

Amanda George, fundraising administrator for Dove Cottage said: “We had a really lovely afternoon raising £5,500 from the fete, head shave and prize draw.

“Entertainment included have a go archery by the Belvoir Archers, a performance from Stathern Primary School Choir, Shetland ponies, a display from the Defence Animal Centre’s working dogs and a performance from New St George Morris Dancers. Melton Fire Service also attendedwith their fire appliance.”

She added: “The family dog show attracted 70 entries which raised £266. Thanks must also go to Notcutts - Wheatcroft Garden Centre who donated plants for us to sell, the Melton Belvoir Rotary Club for marshalling, and to all the volunteers.”

Time for tea and cake for the New St.George Morris Dancers  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Time for tea and cake for the New St.George Morris Dancers PHOTO: Tim Williams

Four brave people also made a bald statement and volunteered to have their heads shaved on the day to raise extra funds for the hospice.

Hazel Bonshor, Denise Kemp, Sally-Ann Watson and David Garland raised a whopping £900 in sponsorship together with £75 in donations.”

Dove Cottage staff Amanda George and Chris Gatfield meet up with Winnie the Pooh  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Dove Cottage staff Amanda George and Chris Gatfield meet up with Winnie the Pooh PHOTO: Tim Williams

Scott StClair and Denise Baker enjoy ice cream with their miniature Shetlands Norman and Nancy 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Scott StClair and Denise Baker enjoy ice cream with their miniature Shetlands Norman and Nancy PHOTO: Tim Williams