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Hazel raises £950 for Hero Paws

A raffle and a Guess Name of the Dog competition were held at Y Bistro in aid of the charity which supports ex-military and police dogs

Coleg Llandrillo instructor Hazel Ramsay raised more than £950 for Hero Paws, a charity which supports ex-military and police dogs.

Hazel, who runs Y Bistro restaurant at the Rhos-on-Sea campus, held a raffle and a ‘Guess the Name of the Dog’ competition, also selling raffle tickets to win an Easter egg hamper in aid of the charity.

Level 1, 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering learners helped to sell tickets, with Hazel offering prizes for the students who sold the most.

She was also helped by learners in the Independent Living Skills Foundation Workskills group, who raised £44.33 through bag-packing in Morrisons in Colwyn Bay.

The total raised was £950.35, which will now go to help retired military, police, fire and rescue and service dogs.

Hazel said: “My daughter is a military dog handler in the RAF. She’s currently on tour and through her work is leading a drive to raise funds for Hero Paws.

“It’s a really worthwhile charity that helps and rehomes retired military and police dogs. Ex-service dogs can’t be rehomed easily, so they need a lot of funding and support.

“A big thank you to everyone who contributed by donating prizes or by buying raffle tickets and hampers, or by playing Guess the Name of the Dog. This would not have been possible without the generosity of everyone who got involved.”

Hero Paws Trustee Gail Clydesdale said: “We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Hazel and all the volunteers and donors who made the fundraiser a success.

“The funds will directly benefit the dogs we support by funding medication and supplements to help them live a long, happy, pain-free retirement. We truly could not offer continued support to these veteran dogs without the amazing efforts of Hazel and people like her.”

The winners of the Guess the Name of the Dog competition were students Grace Ware and Poppy Doherty - who gave her prize to staff member Glenda Roberts - and student finance officer Sharon Formstone.

Grace also won a prize for selling the most tickets for Guess the Name of the Dog, along with Poppy, while Erin Price won the prize for the most tickets sold on the raffle.

Raffle prizes included a family ticket for crazy golf, a voucher for Cookhouse in Rhyl, cinema tickets, steam train tickets, florist vouchers, hampers, books, beauty products, toiletries, and many more, with some prizes having been made by talented staff at the college.

Earlier this year, Hazel also held a raffle at Y Bistro for the Welsh Air Ambulance service, raising £863.

She said: “I feel it is important to see what we can do for these wonderful charities who do such great work for people from all walks of life. I love getting the learners involved and I’m sure we will keep going year upon year to make a difference.”