By Margaret Sheard ….
Hope 4 Pets held their first Christmas Fayre on Saturday 23rd November at the Pia Bella Hotel, Girne.
Although the temperature had dropped somewhat, it was a nice day with some sunshine and the Fayre was held in the outside area of the hotel, which gave ample space for the stallholders and people attending.
The Fayre was from 11am to 3pm and we arrived at about 1pm, to see a large number of stalls selling all types of goods, bric-a-brac, pet images on tiles and wood, greeting cards, painted tiles, cakes, plants, and much more. I stopped to speak to Zoe who is a master of face painting and had been busy throughout the morning as could be seen by lovely artwork on people’s faces, including Stephanie Harrison-Croft. We were told that it had been very busy and there was still a large number of people enjoying the occasion when we were there.
It was also nice to have a chat with Emma Eminsoy and Sarah Heffernan who do so much for Hope 4 Pets and Stephanie. Not forgetting Elizabeth Stowell, a member of the team, who does a lot of promotion in the UK.
I managed to find some items I had been intending to purchase for some time, including Christmas cards which now need to be dealt with to ensure arriving in the UK in time for the festive season.
We sat for a while and had a coffee, together with a cake each kindly given to us by a lady from the cake stall to enjoy with our coffee, they were delicious. The raffle was drawn with many prizes available, and also the winner of the special raffle of a beautiful bedspread, made and donated by Annie Mockridge, was announced.
We had an enjoyable hour or so at the Fayre and were pleased to learn that a fabulous amount was raised for Hope 4 Pets.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported us at our Christmas Fayre. We raised 12,613.25TL and £50 on the day. In addition there was 5,170TL and 5 Euros for the beautiful, handcrafted quilt and the winner had the lucky ticket drawn at the Fayre.
Once again thank you to everyone involved.
Congratulations to the Hope 4 Pets team and their supporters for doing their utmost to care for the street dogs and cats of North Cyprus.