A COMEDY night helped to raise hundreds of pounds for the National Military Working Dogs Memorial (NMWDM) charity.

Comedian, John Martin, hosted the evening which took place at the Tearooms in Holywell on Friday, August 9th.

Each table received a complimentary bottle of wine and the sold-out occasion raised £638, bringing the current total raised for the Holywell based charity to around £40,000.

However, NMWDM UK is hoping to reach a target of £150,000 by next year so they can officially unveil a memorial in Holywell o commemorate the military dogs who have bravely served in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Speaking to the Leader, Emma Ward, a Trustee of the National Military Working Dogs Memorial, said: “We were hoping to have the memorial built by now, but it just hasn’t worked out that way. Now, we’re hoping for it to be realistically finished for next summer.

“Everyone was very moved by the model of the memorial that we had on display though, and it was nice to showcase it to the people who were there supporting us.

“We’re up to about £40,000 out of our £150,000 target so we’re getting there, and people are really getting behind us by putting on their own small events to support the cause.

“Hopefully, the next lot of money will be raised quicker than the first part because the idea of raising money for the memorial is really snowballing now.

“It was nice to finally have a laugh at a more light-hearted event which didn’t involve sadness at the pet cemetery. All of the staff at the Tearooms did really well to help make it a truly wonderful night.”

The National Military Working Dogs Memorial charity was established in 2017. To find out more, visit www.nmwdm.org.uk.