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31st May 2015: Gundog Gear's Euro Challenge Charity Day
A massive THANK YOU to all those who came along to Gundog Gear's first EURO CHALLENGE CHARITY DAY on May 31st, in aid of childrens charity Cheeky Monkeys Plus Two. We were lucky enough to have teams competing from as far afield as Ireland, taking part in six challenging tests over the course of the day. Finally, one member from each tieam was selected by the Captain to take on an extra challenging retrieve, which went towards the teams' final scores. Ultimately, Team White (Captain Ian White, Judith White & Vikki Stanley running two dogs) were victorious, with the Irish team (Captain Andrew Rooney, Peter Colville, Sean Diamond and Tom Lowry) coming second, and Wirral Gundogs' own Derek Amos (captain), Myles Platt, Elaine Chappell and Andy Smith coming a very respectable third! The accolade of Top Dog went to Ireland's own Tom Lowry after a run-off with Vikky Stanley from Team White.
The day was rounded off with a charity auction, and due to the incredible generosity of all involved we managed to eraise a total of £760.00 for Cheeky Monkeys Plus Two. Bob and Kath who run the charity were speechless - which isn't an easy thing to achieve!!
Cheeky Monkeys isn't a massive charity, and so this money means such a lot to them. It will be used to help pay for the upkeep of the charity's caravan, which is used by seriously ill and disabled children and their families for a well-earned break which wouldn't otherwise be possible.
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all those who took part and helped out - the top dummy chuckers Darren Favager, Chris Chappell and Lee Price - thank you Lee for the fabulous photos as well. A big thank you also to John Yarwood and Frank Morrey, who both gave up their time to come and judge for us alongside our own judge and auctioneer Gary McCarthy. A special thank you is reserved for Ian White for his expertise in marquee errection (!!), and also to Judith White, Elaine Chappell and Vikki Stanley for laying on such a fabulous lunch. We were very sorry to be missing top photographer Paul Joseph Baker - Paul we are so terribly sorry for your loss, and we really hope to see you and your camera again soon at the training ground....if we've left anyone out of the 'thankyous' we are very sorry - and very very grateful!
Now we realise how much every working test secretary has to contend with during the test season - Gary went to bed at 7.30 - albeit after polishing off Vikki Stanley's red wine! We're already planning next year's extravaganza - so save up your pennies and get a team together for next year's rematch! Emma McCarthy'