Puppy power helps Nepalese children

THE sale of five puppies has helped raise £1,000 towards a project to build a new school and boarding hostel for children in Nepal.

As reported in last week's Piper, Ruth Mair decided to sell her dogs' eight puppies for 200 each and donate the cash to the Helambu Project in Nepal.

She came up with the fundraising idea after reading in the Piper about her doctor, Banchory GP Mike Steven, who visited the area last summer and vowed to raise money to help raise awareness of the project and improve the situation for local children.

Ruth said five of her eight 'cockerdor' (cocker spaniel x labrador) puppies had now sold and she had just one dog and two bitches left.

"Every other day somebody phones about the puppies and everyone who rang said they'd read about them in the Piper!" said Ruth.

"We hope they'll all go eventually. One has already gone and the other new owners are collecting their puppies this week".

To buy a puppy from Ruth, call her on (01330) 822737.

For more information on the Helambu project, visit: www.helambuproject.org