Record amount raised for Guide Dogs at Dereham garden party
PUBLISHED: 14:23 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:23 01 July 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
A garden party held in Dereham raised a record amount for the Guide Dogs.
The Open Garden event, hosted by Graham and Jill Darken, was opened by Hilary Bushell, mayor of Dereham, and raised £1,071.
The couple, who regularly volunteer as fundraisers for the charity, raised £800 with the events in 2016 and 2017.
Mr Darken, 70, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had live music, a tombola, and twelve or more guide dogs.
“We raised just shy of £300 on teas and coffees alone.
“We’re really chuffed.”
And Mrs Darken said: “Hilary was brilliant and it was a really good crowd.
“We had lovely weather for it - almost not enough shade, and there was face painting for the little ones.”
The couple host the event to raise funds and educate people about the importance of guide dogs, as Mr Darken is also visually impaired.
There are around 5,000 guide dog owners in the UK, and in 2016, it cost £48.9m to run the guide dog service.