The Andover Carnival Team are delighted to announce that two very different local groups have been chosen to benefit from the Andover Carnival this year: Andover Dance Group Oblivion and Hampshire Greyhound Rescue have been chosen by the committee to receive donations from the Carnival’s fundraising activities.

It was another very difficult choice again this year but the team are pleased to be able to champion these two small organisations where the Carnival’s support will make such a big difference. These two very different groups demonstrate the diversity of our community and provide an excellent example of the range of different community organisations, not just registered charities, which benefit from the fundraising activities of the Andover Carnival.

Oblivion Dance Group is an inclusive dance group for children and young adults aged from seven to twenty-one. Open to local children of all ability levels, from all backgrounds, the aim of the group is to provide fun and to build confidence and creativity.

Tanya Tuson, founder of Oblivion Dance Group explained how they first opened last year, after her daughter Chloe found herself wanting to do street dance classes. Unable to find classes in the area, she decided to start one herself. “I had worked in child care for many years but never a dance class, so it’s been a steep learning curve for me too,” Tanya said.

Oblivion are trained and choreographed by Tee Minya: A talented dancer and sought after judge, Tee is a member of dance group Nemesis, who stormed to success reaching the Britain’s Got Talent finals in 2008. Oblivion hope to follow their success and enable local children to take part in national Competition.

Hampshire Greyhound Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit, self financing, charitable organisation who accept no sponsorship from the greyhound racing industry and whose sole aim is to provide a haven for those unfortunate greyhounds who slip through the safety net after their racing careers are over.

The group told us, “if you choose to rehome a Greyhound we can guarantee that you will have the most wonderfully gentle, adaptable and affectionate dog, which will reward you with faithful and appreciative companionship, every day of its life.”

Hampshire Greyhound Rescue support and help all owners but are also looking to recruit local people in the Andover area to become ‘foster parents’ to their greyhounds. Most have never set paw inside a home before and they know nothing of home life, so need foster carers to help them through that transition period of being a racer into becoming a pet. If you feel you would like to foster one of our dogs or better still adopt one, please contact David on 07875028427.

You can view the ‘hounds’ they have up for adoption on their web-site; http://www.hantsgreyrescue.co.uk

The Andover Carnival comes to town on Sunday 20th July 2014. This year once again has an Open Theme and the Carnival Team can’t wait to see what themes the entries for both floats and walkers have chosen. The organisers hope this fun filled family day, which includes circus performances, entertainment and live music in Vigo Recreation Park will raise enough to enable them to support these local charities who, in turn give support to some of those most in need in our community.

For more information Alun Grace, the Carnival Chairperson can be contacted via their web site www.andovercarnival.co.uk, by phone on 01264 362474 or email at andovercarnival@gmail.com

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