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Charity dog show to raise money and awareness to help battle cancer

PUBLISHED: 17:14 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:15 15 May 2018

Louise Clarke is organising a companion dog show to in aid of prostate and ovarian cancer. Photo courtesy of Louise Clarke.

Louise Clarke is organising a companion dog show to in aid of prostate and ovarian cancer. Photo courtesy of Louise Clarke.

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Louise Clarke knows the devastating impact cancer can have on people's lives better than most.

In recent years the dog breeder has watched her father; partner and friend all battle the illness.

Which is why the 50-year-old has now organised a dog show to raise money and awareness for the Prostate Cancer UK and Target Ovarian Cancer charities.

Ms Clarke will host the event at St Olaves Village Hall, in Herringfleet Road, on Monday, May 28.

She said: “A lot of people are not aware of these cancers – they aren’t as easy to detect as some other forms.”

Both her father, Tony Clarke, and her partner, Tony Fenton, are currently in remission after battling prostate cancer.

Her close friend Julie Scarlett, from Heckingham, near Loddon, is also undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.

Ms Clarke said: “At first Julie didn’t even realise she had cancer. With these cancers you don’t always realise.

“But if it is caught early enough you can fight these cancers. The problem is a lot of people don’t know what to look for.”

In a bid to raise awareness of the symptoms to be alert for the event will distribute medical information leaflets on the day.

Ms Clarke also highlighted the physical and mental strain cancer can have on those suffering from it.

She said: “My dad was going to treatment every day for six weeks. It’s just so hard.

“And with Julie she has just become a grandmother so it has all been very hard for her.”

Two years ago Ms Clarke organised a similar event to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and raised more than £1,200.

The dog show is open to all breeds with entry costing £1.50.

In addition to the 20 class show there will be a ‘have-a-go’ agility competition organised by the Paws of Parham team.

A grand tombola stall will be on site along with a super raffle, selection of home made cakes and a variety of dog and craft stalls.

Entry opens at 10am with the show getting under way at 11am.

For more information about the event or to donate call Ms Clarke on 01493 781 410.

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