Best in show: supporting canine charity Take Away The Tears  

We have been known to support a variety of charities, clubs and organisations in the local community, a profound human element present in each of their raison d’êtres. But this September, Wade Financial will be getting behind a new cause, one aimed not at man, but at his trusty best friend.

A dog show is being staged by Take Away The Tears next month, bringing families and pet lovers together for a fun-filled afternoon. Held at Church Farm in Earsdon, the show will give owners and their prized pooches a chance to compete in a variety of fields, including Best Condition across a range of ages, Best Trick and Waggiest Tail, with trophies and rosettes on offer for the best in each class.

In addition to the show itself, there will be a host of demonstrations and have-a-go activities to enjoy, as well as a pet portrait photographer on hand to take some memorable snaps of you and your canine companion. Various stalls will be present, a raffle will be conducted and a free microchipping service will be available on the day.

Better yet, there is no charge for admission or parking, and those wishing to enter their dog into the show can do so for just £2 per class, or three classes for £5 if pre-booked via their website.

Behind all the family-friendly fun lies a serious motive for organising the event. Every year, tens of thousands of dogs are subject to abuse and neglect, left vulnerable to the harsh reality of a life in captivity or on the streets. It is these defenceless animals that Take Away The Tears is aiming to help, rehabilitating and rehoming those who have suffered and continue to suffer, both locally and abroad.

The cause is championed by Sue Nuttall, co-owner of the newly-established charity. Sue, who also runs IFA support company Jacana Ltd within our Howard Street premises, rescued two dogs from Cyprus, spending considerable time and money to give them a future with her at her Seaton Burn home. Having had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of Maggie and Silvi, Sue is eager to do more for other dogs whose conditions or circumstances make rehoming a difficult and unlikely prospect.

“I wanted to give such dogs a chance to be cared for and loved, regardless of how many years they have left,” Sue says. “We hope to help by offering support to find that special forever home, or providing financial assistance to give them a loving foster home or private kennels.”

Wade Financial were keen to help Sue and Take Away The Tears, pledging a donation in support of the not-for-profit charity. “We’ve known Sue for a long time, and if there’s a person out there with more passion for dogs, we’ve yet to meet them!” says Ian Little. “Many of us in the office love our dogs, and we couldn’t help but be impressed by the charity’s commitment to unfortunate canines.”

The dog show will take place between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday 20th September, with the gates at Church Farm, Earsdon opening one hour earlier at 11am.

For more information on the event, the charity and ways you can donate, visit the website here, or keep up to date with their progress on the dedicated Facebook page.