It is with great joy that I can announce that we have reached the excellent milestone amount in the 4Joy Appeal of £50,000 yes, £50,000!
The amount reached far greater than I ever anticipated. The appeal started at the end of August 2013 and I thought I would be lucky to raise £20,000 but with the excellent support of many people fundraising by doing all sorts of things, Jumping4Joy, Swimming4Joy, WashingCars4Joy, Running4Joy plus lots more or just Donating4Joy.
With the money raised we have named nine Guide Dog Pups4Joy starting with Joy (we paid for the first two years of training which cost £10,000), Fletcher, Elsie, Winnie, Charity, Craven, Sarah, Mattie and we are going to name the ninth puppy Joy, so we started the appeal with Joy and we are going to end the appeal with Joy.
I would like to a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our 4Joy Appeal.
When I set up the appeal at the end of August 2013 my aim was to raise £20,000 to name four Guide Dog Pups4Joy but I have been overwhelmed by the response and I am pleased to announce that we have now reached £30,000, yes that is right £30,000!
Instead of naming 4Pups4Joy we are now going to name 6Pups4Joy.
We already have four of the puppies being puppy walked in Swindon (Joy, Fletcher, Elsie and Winnie) and we have named two more puppies, Craven and Charity, who are waiting to be born.
Joy touched the hearts of a lot of people who met her and this has shown in this fantastic response. I cannot thank you all enough.
Mark Evans raised £156.00 by Running4Joy in the Bath Half Marathon on the 2nd March 2014 and finished the race in 2 hours 40 minutes on a wet and windy day. Thank you Mark for your commitment and endeavours and for thinking about Joy.
Also on the 2nd March 2014, Candida Hutchinson Ran4Joy in the Reading Half Marathon and completed the course in 2 hours and 20 minutes and did it without stopping or being sick! Candida raised £150.00 and we would like to thank her too for her hard work in training for the race.
The money raised from the half marathon runners Mark and Candida has now enabled us to reach £25,000 and has given us the opportunity to name a FifthPup4Joy and we are going to name it Craven.
The Charity Chinese Night at The Crown Inn, Stratton, Swindon raised a fantastic £602.50 for our 4Joy appeal. It was a very enjoyable evening and everyone had fun too.
The money raised from the Charity Chinese Night will start us off to name a SixthPup4Joy and when we have raised this £5,000 it will take us to £30,000 for our 4Joy appeal.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to get this far it just shows how many people Joy touched.
Thank you to everyone who fundraised and donated to our 4Joy appeal during 2013.
I am pleased to announce that we met our £20,000 target at the end of 2013 which is absolutely amazing. It has been achieved thanks to your ingenuity, hard work and fantastic fundraising ideas such as Open House4Joy, Washing Cars4Joy, Swimming4Joy,ScootingToSchool4Joy and Singing4Joy to name a few.
Our first two Pups4Joy, named Joy and Fletcher are now with their respective guide dog puppy walkers in the Swindon area and are doing very well. You can find out more on thePups4Joypage. We have named the third and fourth puppies Elsie and Winnie after Shirley’s and my mum.
A number of people are still raising funds 4Joy and because of this we have decided to carry on and try to raise enough for 5Pups4Joy or even 6Pups4Joy.