Townley Park event nets £1,500 for furry friends

Graham Sherlock with Bronson and Roland Hough with Archie from the British Bulldog rescue.
Graham Sherlock with Bronson and Roland Hough with Archie from the British Bulldog rescue.

An animal charity raised more than £1,500 at its first Fun Day last Sunday in Towneley Park.

HAPPA, the Horses and Ponies Protection Association, laid on an afternoon of animal themed fun.

Owen Skolik (8) with Humbug the skunk at the Happa fun day.

Owen Skolik (8) with Humbug the skunk at the Happa fun day.

There was a Beat the Goalie Competition with HAPPA’s Tommy Trotter and Burnley Wolves, a Cooper’s Critters Animal Encounters display, a Lancashire Mounted Games Association display and a novelty dog show.

Representatives from other charities and businesses who ran stalls included Burnley and Pendle Cats’ Protection League, Traci and Leanne Handcrafts, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming, Garden Girls, PA Leisure and Funtime Amusements.

HAPPA’s Development Officer Julie Rickwood-Gan was pleased with the success of the event. She said: “This event allowed people the opportunity to meet the HAPPA team and a number of our rescued equines as well as enjoying the displays, games and events that were running throughout the day. It was a full and fun programme that had something for everyone.

“A huge thank you to those who helped us raise a fantastic amount and to everyone who turned out for the Novelty Dog Show as there were such a great number of well-presented and well-behaved dogs.

“Everyone who supported the day has helped HAPPA continue to do what we do so well, rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing horses, ponies and donkeys”.