Wizard day raises cash for Merlin’s Mission

Money raised at Great Ponton community centre. John Mallindine with "Poppy", Denise Taylor, Vicky Page. 043D

Money raised at Great Ponton community centre. John Mallindine with "Poppy", Denise Taylor, Vicky Page. 043D

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The organisers of an event that aided charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf have been presented with a certificate in recognition of their fund-raising efforts.

A total of £200 was raised at the Clock Eaters’ Craft and Lace Day held at Skillington Village Hall in February.

For the second year running the event supported the charity Merlin’s Mission.

Main organiser of the craft and lace day, Vicky Page, is pictured, left, receiving the certificate from Denise Taylor, fund-raiser for Merlin’s Mission, and supporter of the charity John Mallandine, with hearing dog Poppy.

The charity was named in honour of hearing dog Merlin, who retired this year, and set a target of raising £30,000 in a year. It easily surpassed that mark, raising more than £70,000, which will help to pay for three hearing dogs for children. Additional funds will go towards training dogs for deaf adults currently waiting on the charity’s five-year waiting list.