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Darrel's big giveaway
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 14, 2012: Darrel the ‘pet man’ has been selling pet food for over 15 years, but next week marks his retirement and his last appearance at Hatherleigh market. What makes Darrel’s retirement so special however is that he’s giving his remaining stock away to charity.
Darrel has been a regular feature at the ever busy Hatherleigh market, and as I wind my way through the bustle he is happily serving customers with a wide smile. It seems odd to think that ‘the pet man’ will no longer be amongst the many stall holders, but edifying to know that his remaining stock won’t go to waste. Far from being his first charitable exploit Darrel has done his best to give local people an opportunity to get into work and eagerly expresses his strong work ethic. Last February he travelled down to the ‘Blue Cross’ near Tiverton and was so impressed by their clean premises and there extensive facilities for the dogs including sofas, armchairs and even a television! That he intends to give away his entire remaining doggy wears all over again.
Having started his own business since being made redundant and describing himself as a ‘one man band’ Darrel’s self-sufficiency is impressive and inspirational in these times of economic difficulty but what is more impressive his advocacy for giving, and passion to share, help and encourage others. Darrel will be missed by many.



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