Our chaplain will al-paca his bags next weekend and head off to a national event taking place in Telford.
Harry Edwards has been chaplain with the hospice for 28 years.
He also runs Mulberry Alpacas based at Higher Penley near Wrexham and over the past few months has been busily preparing for the annual British Alpaca Society national show, which is returning to Telford International Centre after a two-year absence because of the pandemic.
People come from all over the country to see the fluffy, friendly creatures and the event helps to raise valuable funds for the hospice.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of animals owned nationwide and the British Alpaca Society is dedicated to the welfare of alpacas and the education of their owners in the UK.
Owners, breeders, suppliers and fibre producers from across the UK come together at the two-day event to showcase the best of ‘The British Alpaca Industry’, both in terms of the animals themselves and the products created from their fleece.
Each year the show has taken place, collections have been made on the door for us which have raised more than £16,000.
Harry runs a successful stud with his wife Roz and daughter Chloe and the business, which began in 2006 also produces high-quality yarn and products from the alpaca fleeces.
Harry said: “It is wonderful that I can fundraise for the charity I am so proud to work for.
“It is a great event and a brilliant day out for all the family. There is an entrance fee on the door of £2 per adult and £5 for a family and the proceeds go to Severn Hospice.
“The support of people visiting is very heart-warming and not only are we able to fundraise for Severn Hospice, but we are also able to raise awareness of the charity that does so much for local people.”
The show has live judging of around 650 alpacas from over 100 exhibitors in two rings and prior to the pandemic it attracted record crowds.
“This really is the premier alpaca event of the year so we will be delighted to welcome in old and new visitors,” added Harry.
The show is on March 26-27.