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Brighton Journal | 18th October 2019

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A new dog festival is coming to Brighton!

A new dog festival is coming to Brighton!
Lorraine Bigi

Calling all dog lovers! A new kind of festival is coming to Brighton later this year, and it will be all about dogs.

This will be the first festival of its kind in the coastal city, and as well as celebrating all things puppies, it will also raise money for charity.

Lauren, from Brighton, is the woman behind the event. She wanted to organise a dog festival in Brighton because “there have been dog shows and dog shows within other local festivals, but not a big dog festival that focuses solely on dogs”, she explained.

The event will also be raising money for Aphasia, a charity close to Lauren’s heart as her father is the founder.

“My dad is the founder of the Brighton charity, as he suffered a stroke six years ago which caused the condition aphasia. The charity was set up two years ago as there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of support in the long run for people with aphasia. 

“Once Colin (my dad)  had left the hospital and finished with speech therapists and physio therapists there wasn’t anything else,” she said.

Aphasia is a medical condition which is rarely heard of. It is a communication disability which occurs when the communication centres of the brain are damaged, and it is usually caused by a stroke, brain haemorrhage, head injury or a brain tumour.

The festival is still being prepared, but Lauren has a clear vision on the events she wants to host.

Due to take place in September, the festival will be free entry and open for all. She is hoping to host a variety of events and activities, including a dog show, a puppy area, lots of animal-related stalls, and raffles and competitions to raise money for her chosen charity.

Lauren’s dog festival is set to take place on the 21st of September, and it will be held at Preston Park.

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