Happisburgh’s Scruffs dog show raises record sum for defibrillators

A north Norfolk seaside village is set to benefit from two life-saving medical machines after a record fund-raising event.

Jo and Glenn Berry had hoped to make �1,800 to buy a community defibrillator with their seventh Happisburgh Scruffs fun dog show.

But sunny Sunday's phenomenally-successful event smashed all previous records, raising �3,746.63.

'I am over the moon. There were absolutely no hiccups and the village come together brilliantly to support us - I cannot thank them enough,' said a delighted Mrs Berry.

'I don't know whether it was the wonderful weather or the cause which brought everyone out.'

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She is now appealing for local donations to top up the total to a round �4,000 and is planning to buy two defibrillators, serving different areas of Happisburgh.

Mrs Berry added: 'Happisburgh is a very sprawling village and there are long distances between places.

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'Every minute counts if someone has a heart attack so it could be life-saving to have machines in different locations.'

She is planning to place an order for the first defibrillator as soon as possible and will also book a free training session to show people how to use it, offered by the East of England Ambulance Service.

The device can deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to an affected heart, helping to restore a normal rhythm.

The machines would come under the charge of Happisburgh Parish Council, where Mr Berry is chairman.

Around 1,000 people and 750 dogs flocked to the Berrys' home at Hall Farm, on Grub Street, for the show which saw a gun-dog scurry and pick up, agility, fun and novelty classes including prettiest bitch, best six legs and dog with the waggiest tail.

Visitors included holidaymakers who had booked their trip to Norfolk to coincide with the show, and local supporters from the other side of Norwich.

Past Scruffs beneficiaries have included Happisburgh School and the Coastal Concern Action Group.

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