Delicious cakes, hot tea, beautiful scenery... cute puppies?!
It’s almost too much to bear, but that’s exactly what we’re counting down to in just two days time, when The Star hosts its afternoon tea for Sheffield charity Support Dogs, at the Kenwood Hall Hotel this Friday.
And it gets better; we’ll be unveiling our very own (and very cute!) future support dog, Star, who will be starting his training later this summer after you, our wonderful readers, helped us raise the £5,000 needed to help Star change somebody’s life for the better.
We launched our Pounds for Pups campaign in May to help Sheffield charity Support Dogs, as it celebrates 25 years of incredible work in the city and all across the UK. We vowed to raise £5,000 to support the training of a support dog and we’ve had a great response from you all.
And now you can support this incredible charity one more time, as well as giving yourself a well deserved treat, with this fabulous afternoon of fun and tasty delights. And it will give you the chance to meet some of the amazing creatures you have read so much about in recent weeks.
A spokesman for Kenwood Hall Hotel, which is set in 12 acres of beautiful parkland, on Kenwood Road, Nether Edge, said: “Kenwood Hall is delighted to be hosting such a fabulous event for such a good cause. As a dog-friendly hotel with such great space and grounds, it’s perfect for the pups.
“Kenwood Hall is currently undergoing lots of different refurbishments across the whole hotel, with the most recent being in the Café bar, perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea, and in the leisure and spa facilities.”
The hotel team is offering a 25 per cent discount off their afternoon tea this Friday, to every reader for £10.50. Half of that, £5.25, will go straight to the charity. Afternoon tea will consist of a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and an assortment of mini cakes served with a variety of teas and coffees. Tickets are going fast, so call the hotel to secure your spot.
It’s been 25 years since Support Dogs launched in the city, with just three dogs, in a small hut in the grounds of Lodge Moor Hospital.
Today, Support Dogs is unrecognisable. Now a national charity, its staff of 25 has successfully trained and supplied hundreds of assistance dogs, creating partnerships between canines and clients that completely transform lives.
Through its three training programmes – for disability support dogs, autism dogs and seizure alert dogs – the charity uses an entirely reward-based system to teach special dogs to carry out a wide range of tasks that make life safer and easier for its clients.
Rita Howson, Support Dogs chief executive, said: “We’re delighted that The Star is teaming up with Kenwood Hall Hotel to organise a tea party on our charity’s behalf. It comes at the end of The Star’s wonderful Pounds for Pups campaign, which has highlighted to readers the value and importance of our work in transforming the lives of children and adults affected by some of the most challenging of medical conditions.
“The campaign has brought us to a whole new audience , and the tea party for readers is a lovely way to help celebrate 25 years since our charity was first started in Sheffield.”
n To book a place call the hotel’s sales office between 9am and 5pm on 0114 2505635 or the reception out of office hours on 0114 2583811. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.