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Business group’s boost for three charities

Three local charities are a total of £2,500 better off thanks to local business organisation Dorset Open Commerce. DOC members

The cheques were handed over at a DOC open evening at Dorchester Football Ground by DOC chairman Wendy Barnard.

Julia’s House, the Dorset children’s hospice, received £1,500. The Grace Secondary School project, started by Dorchester couple Richard and Claire Budd to raise funds for a school in the mountains of the Sudan, received a cheque for £500.  A cheque for £500 also went to Woodlands Farm Kennels in Bridport, which cares for stray animals.

Said Wendy Barnard: “Dorset Open Commerce exists to help businesses work together on a day-to-day basis.“Above all we enable professionals and trades people from all business sectors to recommend people to each other – people that they know from professional working relationships.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation, and at the end of each year we donate our surplus funds to charities, which is a very rewarding spin-off from our activities.”

Dorset Open Commerce holds twice-a-month meetings in Dorchester. Traders and business owners interested in joining should contact (Wendy: someone’s name and phone no in here?)

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Julia's HouseWoodlands Farm KennelsGrace Secondary School Project