THE Evesham head office of rural supplies business Countrywide Farmers had a few extra members of staff with a few extra legs, when the company took part in the national Bring Your Dog To Work Day.

With Dogs for the Disabled being Countrywide Farmers' company charity, it was decided all funds raised would be donated to the worthy cause which transforms the lives of people living with disabilities by creating partnerships between them and specially trained assistance dogs. A total of 24 members of staff took their pets to work, with 25 dogs getting a taste of office life for the day. A cake sale and tombola game were held in the office with £263.35 raised for the charity. A dog agility course was set up outside of the offices for canine colleagues to enjoy and a dog fancy dress competition was also held. The winner was Humphrey who was dressed as a dinosaur and owned by Rachael Osborne.

John Hardman, Countrywide Farmers chief executive, said: "A big part of what we do here at Countrywide Farmers and much of the stock in our stores revolves around animals. We loved the idea of supporting Dogs for the Disabled with Bring Your Dog To Work Day, as it fits with our ethos perfectly. The day was a great success and it was fantastic to have some of our four legged friends in the office for a day. Far from being too much of a distraction, we felt that having dogs in the office for the day was great for employee productivity and wellbeing, so it's certainly something we'll be thinking about in future."