GALLERY: Summer garden party to commemorate Fen author David Self raises £900 for Guide Dog charity

Coates: Guide Dog garden party (Photo: Barry Giddings)

Coates: Guide Dog garden party (Photo: Barry Giddings) - Credit: Archant

A garden party to commemorate the life and work of Fenland author David Self raised £900 for charity.

Coates: Guide Dog garden party (Photo: Barry Giddings)

Coates: Guide Dog garden party (Photo: Barry Giddings) - Credit: Archant

The party, with live music and readings, was held at the Coates home he shared with his civil partner Majid Jawad.

Coates: Guide Dog garden party (Photo: Barry Giddings)

Coates: Guide Dog garden party (Photo: Barry Giddings) - Credit: Archant

Mr Self died in June 2008 aged 67 and, apart from last year, a fund raising event has usually been held on the anniversary of his death.

Guests at the party were treated to Pimms cocktails and a buffet supper whilst they enjoyed live music from a variety of local musicians and singers.

Mr Jawad said: “It was a great occasion and I was delighted so many attended. We even had an Iraqi family from London attend who had heard about the event from a cousin of mine in Iraq.”


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Local officials from Guide Dogs also attended and explained to guests how fund raising is so important to support their work. Among the guests was a recent recipient of one of their dogs who chatted to guests and told them how vital it was for her mobility and the opportunity it gave to life a normal life.

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