Paws on the Acre
‘The Events Co.’, a team of six second year BA (Hons) Events Management students, planned the event on Thursday 6 April as part of their Production of Events module, which involved planning an event for a charity client. The team consisted of: Caroline D’Ambra, Connor O’Brien, Grace Downes, Harriet Tomlinson, Sophie Gill and Ruth Walkley.
Connor said: “As a group we chose to create an event in support of the Guide Dogs Charity. The client’s brief was to hold an event which focused on raising awareness for their fantastic charity. As a team we chose to run the event with a family and dog-friendly theme using entertainment to help promote awareness.”
The Paws on the Acre event kicked off at 11am with a 75-foot inflatable, blind-folded assault course, four guide dogs, a penalty shoot-out course, the Guide Dogs’ sensory unit (where members of the public are led through a short pathway wearing a blindfold, experiencing the world through touch and hearing instead of sight), a tombola, an assortment of cakes and sweets, and a barbecue.
Guide Dogs volunteer, Thelma Wilson, said: "The event, Paws on the Acre, was a great success and a credit to the team of students who organised everything."
Connor added: “The total money raised at the event was £850 which went directly to Guide Dogs. We also managed to get 90 people to experience the sensory unit, which is an incredible tool in raising awareness of how valuable sight is.”