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Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show

About

Scarlett at her 2015 Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show Barking Berry's Bakery was created by then 8-year-old Scarlett Berry in 2011 to raise funds for animal rescue. Scarlett began by baking her own dog biscuits and selling them for charity. Since founding her bakery Scarlett has now raised some £30,000 by selling her treats, taking part in sponsored events, having a presence at animal events across the north west, doing online auctions, as well as organising her own Fun Dog Shows, Doggy Afternoon Teas and Christmas Fairs.

Scarlett is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and an active fundraiser for local animal charities. She also finds time to volunteer at an animal centre in Ireland during school holidays. She has gained a high profile for her activities including Fun Dog Shows at Westhoughton's Central Park, which seem to get bigger and better with each passing year, attracting considerable interest from the media, and showing Westhoughton in a good light.

Supported by her family, and making good use of promotion across social media, radio and press, local networking (including presenting at Westhoughton Community Network meetings), and posters and flyers, the enthusiasm, passion and love for animals shine through. An extremely impressive feat for someone so young, also coping with the normal activities of a busy schoolgirl growing up.


Events and Activities

Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show 2017
Central Park, Westhoughton | Saturday, 10th June - 11am to 4pm

Dogs being presented at the 2015 Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show From small beginnings, this was the 5th annual Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show, taking over the whole of the upper field at Central Park (accessed from Bolton Road or the park itself).

Mr. Paws helping out at 2015 Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show A day of typical British weather, spirits weren't dampened as people and their pets turned out in the 100s, steadily throughout the day. There were over 40 stalls, including several animal rescues, as well as craft stalls, refreshments and games. The event is a source of information and a way of raising awareness of animal charities and issues. There is a raffle with some great prizes. The 'Dog Show' itself with its 15 classes is an entertaining spectacle - dog owners can enter their own dogs for a small donation. A couple of doggy challenges such as 'Distraction Alley' and an 'Obstacle Course' provided further fun entertainment.

Entertainment and commentary was ably provided by the Howfen Radio team.

The 2017 event is in aid of Rochdale Dog Rescue and Dogs Trust Merseyside.

Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show 2017

For latest news visit the Facebook Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show 2016 Facebook group; for information about having a stall or for media enquiries email the Barking Berrys.

An event that is extremely popular and a great day out for the whole family, raising money for animal charities. Scarlett, Sarah and Martin are very grateful for the ongoing support.


Update (10/6/17): After expenses the 2017 Fun Dog Show raised £1,564.45 for Rochdale Dog Rescue and Dogs Trust Merseyside. A further £82.50 for Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR, Ireland); extra donations for this cause received on the day.

In total £2350 was collected on the day with other charities being able to promote themselves and raise money at the event. The total amount of money raised by the Barking Berrys is some £30,000 over its 6 years in existence.

Christmas Fair (2016) - Saturday, 19th November

Family affair - Scarlett with mum Sarah at their 2015 Fun Dog Show Christmas FairThe 2016 'Barking Berry's Christmas Extravaganza' took place in November at The Bethel (Westhoughton United Reformed Church).

Raising funds for Rochdale Dog Rescue, this the second Christmas Fair for the Barking Berry's team, with stalls and fun activities for dog lovers. There was a special appearance from Santa Paws in aid of Dogs Trust Merseyside.

Stalls included: Festive goods for dogs and owners; Christmas cards, animal rescue stalls, plus refreshments; tombolas, games and a grand raffle. info (Facebook).

£924.92 was raised in total on the day. After costs £581.40 went to Rochdale Dog Rescue; £235.50 for Scarlett's Christmas Appeal, and £58 for Dogs Trust Merseyside from the Santa Paws grotto. Plus there were donations of food from visitors and the Dogs Trust Merseyside. In the run up to the Christmas Fair there had been an online auction raising hundred of pounds for Barking Berry's Good Causes.

Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show (2016) - Saturday, 4th June

Taking place on a warm, sunny day (less windy than the previous show!), Westhoughton's Central Park was taken over for an afternoon of canine love, animal issue awareness and entertainment, in aid of Rochdale Dog Rescue and Dogs Trust Merseyside. There were some 50 stalls, including 20 animal rescues, craft stalls, a raffle, the 'Dog Show' itself with its 15 fun classes - dog owners proudly bringing forward their family pets. Facebook page

The event was a great success, helped by the weather, with hundreds of people turning out. Dogs - and even people - had fun… fundraising on the day was £2,100, taking Scarlett's total fundraising to over £21,500.


Achievements

Scarlett was short-listed for the Daily Mirror Animal Hero Award in 2013. She was named Tower FM Charity Fundraiser of the Year in 2015 and in 2016 received a Young Citizen of the Year award from Westhoughton Town Council (nominated by WCN). She has been interviewed on radio - Tony Berry of the Houghton Weavers was greatly impressed when they met prior to a radio interview on Washacre FM, then mentioning Scarlett's activities and achievements on their BBC Radio Lancashire show.


Fundraising Causes

Stalls at the 2015 Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show Christmas Fair at The Bethel Scarlett has raised money for many animal rescues including: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue, Rochdale Dog Rescue, Homeless Hounds, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Bolton Destitute Animal Shelter, Carla Lane's Animals in Need, Dogs Trust Merseyside, Animal Care Lancaster, Freshfields Animal Sanctuary, GRWE, Lurcher Link, Greyhound Gap and Hounds First Sighthound Rescue.


Contact

Email the Barking Berrys

You can keep up to date with Scarlett's activities on both Facebook and Twitter at:

Facebook Barking Berry's BakeryBarking Berry's Facebook Group | Twitter Barking Berry's Bakery@barkingberrys / #barkingberrys

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