Charity’s dalmatian celebration aims for place in record book

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A CHARITY based in Alfriston is hoping the community will go barking mad and help break a Guinness World Record.

Jessie’s Trust is tying in the event with its fifth anniversary and is asking people to dress up as dalmatians.

Its hope is to get the largest gathering of people dressed up as the popular breed and get noticed in the Guinness World Book of Records.

Lewes MP Norman Baker will be joining in the fun and has agreed to don an outfit to support the cause.

Trevor Weeks from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Service will also be there.

Jessie’s Trust was set up by Mayke Hogestijn in 2007 and covers East Sussex. Just a year after this her beloved dalmatian Jessie passed away. The aim of the charity is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in need.

Now it is asking for help by people joining in the fun on Good Friday April 6 and celebrate the anniversary by dressing up as one of the spotty dogs.

Mayke said, “The whole point of Jessie’s Trust is about getting people and animals together.

“We work for people as well, we take dogs to care homes and hospices.

“It’s all about getting everybody together again and we’re hoping the day itself will be an extension of that.”

The fun will begin at midday and carry on until 4pm with an annual fete at the Alfriston War Memorial Hall. Pet shows, a bouncy castle, pony rides, a puppet workshop and Easter bunny hunt are some of the attractions of the day. Cruella De Vil has also threatened to be put in an appearance on the day.

The World Record attempt for the Most People Dressed as a Dalmatian will take place at 2pm and at 2.15pm there is the chance to pick up the crown for the Best Dressed Dalmatian.

There is a limited amount of dalmatian suits available but people are being encouraged to be creative and make their own.

For more information call 871150.