Trip the light fantastic in aid of working animals

People are being given the opportunity to trip the light fantastic on the dance floor in aid of working animals in Gambia.

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is preparing for its 10th Anniversary Charity Dinner and Dance, to be held at the All England Showground at Hickstead on September 22.

All profits will go towards alleviating the suffering of working animals in Gambia, through the provision of essential veterinary services and educational programmes for the animal’s owners.

The charity’s black-tie event will begin at 7pm and, on arrival, those attending will partake in a Champagne reception accompanied by authentic and entertaining Gambian Drumming.

This will be followed by a three-course meal and an evening of fabulous live musical entertainment from the band “Men in Sheds”.

The trust’s annual raffle will be drawn at the event, seeing the lucky winners walk away with holidays to Gambia, Portugal and Wales, among other prizes.

Trust spokeswoman Anna Saillet says: “Whilst 2012 has been a fantastic year for the charity in many ways, with our director Heather Armstrong being awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College and the charity receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the prestigious Charity Awards, we are struggling to raise enough funds to continue our work due to the current economic climate.

“We hope that our dinner dance will be a great opportunity to celebrate 10 years of achievements in The Gambia with our wonderful supporters, whilst also raising us some much needed funds at the same time.

“We hope that people will book their tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.”


Tickets for the Dinner Dance are £60 per person. Contact Anna at
For further information about the work of the trust, go to or call 01306 627568.

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