arc Shopping Centre’s Summer Show returned to Charter Square on Wednesday the 16th August as part of One Great Day, a nationwide fundraising event in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and arc’s charity of the year, Gatehouse.
The allure of good weather and the pup from down under brought hundreds of Bury St Edmunds families to the outdoor shopping centre for a day of fun and excitement. A total of 20 adorable pups entered into the dog show, with categories including ‘Most Pawsome Pup’ and ‘Golden Oldie’! As a dog-friendly shopping centre, the team were on hand with a dog cooling station featuring cooling mats, shade and lots of water to ensure all dogs were kept well cared for throughout the event. Jon Kay from Camp Tails Doggy Day Care was also on hand to help Allan and Sam with the judging, plus offer dog care advice too – Jon was instrumental in setting up #DogFriendlyBSE.
Queues formed early, with children and parents alike hoping to grab a quick pic with Bluey, with over 100 people eagerly waiting their turn throughout the day.
Allan Hassell the Centre Manager at the arc said “An absolutely amazing ‘fun-raising’ day in support of Gatehouse Food Bank in Bury St Edmunds and GOSH charities.
“Last year was special when we raised £700, but we smashed that this year and raised £1,200! We can’t thank everyone enough who worked hard on the day, plus with all the preparation to make the day what it was – absolutely marvellous!”
The day consisted of face painting, cornhole, mini golf, balloon modelling and more, so there was plenty for people to enjoy and all for two great causes. Allan added “The biggest thank you must go to the lovely people of Bury St Edmunds and beyond, as they gave so generously on the day – especially given how hard it is for so many people right now.”
Amanda, CEO of Gatehouse was thrilled with the positive response of the day saying: “As you can imagine demand has increased over the summer holidays and I am sure winter will soon be upon us creating even more issues, so the support will be very much appreciated.”
Allan, echoed Amanda’s comments: “This money will really help those that need Gatehouses support. Sadly, food banks have never been so needed, but right now they have seen a big reduction in donations – please support your local food bank if you are able to. Thank you.”