Put your best pet forward in Ryde

Pets of all shapes and sizes are being invited to be on their best behaviour and show off their shiny coats for a charity pet show in Ryde.

Colleagues at The Co-operative Funeralcare in Ryde are brushing up on their pet skills for their first ever pet show on Sunday 14 July.

The show will be held at Ryde Scouts Hall, in St John’s Road, from 2pm to 4pm.

Rosette prizes are up for grabs in all five categories:
• Best turned out dog
• Prettiest cat
• Cutest rabbit or small animal
• Most unusual pet
• Best behaved pet

The event will be in aid of The Wight Brainy Bunch – a local brain tumour charity which runs a monthly support group, provides financial assistance to families struggling with added expenses, and supports much needed research via The Brain Tumour Charity.

Sam Walker, Funeral Co-ordinator at The Co-operative Funeralcare in Ryde, said: “I’ve nervously agreed that all pets are allowed as long as they are not out on the loose. I might regret that but hopefully it will be a laugh!

“Our Operations Manager Elaine is going to be the judge so she is the lucky one who will get up close and personal with the Island’s pets. It is all for a good cause too.

“The Wight Brainy Bunch charity is incredibly special as it was set up by a local couple, Mark and Kathryn Grimes, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.”

The Wight Brainy Bunch is being supported as part of Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. This initiative addresses four key social themes – promoting greener, healthier, safer, and more inclusive neighbourhoods.

The cost to enter is £3 per pet per category.

There will also be a raffle, a barbecue and refreshments available.

To find out more or to register in advance, contact The Co-operative Funeralcare in Ryde via 01983 615746 or by emailing rydefuneral@southerncoops.co.uk.

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