Cute mutts help raise rescue cash

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CUTE mutts helped raise hundreds of pounds for a bulldog rescue charity.

The fourth annual Northern Bulldog Day was held at the Rossmere Centre, in Rossmere Way, Hartlepool, last month and raised more than £2,000 for Bulldog Rescue.

Every year, bulldog days are held in two locations nationally, Hartlepool in the north and Newark in the south.

More than 120 bulldogs and their owners attended the Hartlepool event from all over the country, with some travelling from as far as Essex.

Hartlepool event organiser Michelle Stonehouse, who owns two adult and two puppy bulldogs, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Barclays bank in Hartlepool.

“We all had a fantastic day with lots of education and family fun and a raffle stall helped to raise £514 for our charity Bulldog Rescue and rehoming trust.

“The banks match is fantastic and the total raised from the northern Bulldog Day UK was £2,411.75.

“We would like to thank people for all their help.”

On the weekend a lot of the canine visitors and their owners were made very welcome at the dog-friendly Norton guest house, at Seaton Carew, while some stayed at Crimdon Dene Holiday Park.

The aim of the event was to celebrate the distinctive breed and educate people who are thinking about getting a bulldog.

Last year’s event raised £1,600 for Bulldog Rescue.

The programme of activities included a fancy dress competition, with one bulldog even sitting in a tank, as well as a puppy parade and children’s corner.