MORE than £1,000 has so far been handed over to a hospice after fundraisers took part in a barking-mad event.
Scores of people and their pets enjoyed a day full of activities at Hartlepool & District Hospice’s annual Dogs Day Out last month.
Summerhill Country Park, off Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, was transformed for the day as proud owners and their dogs got involved with the fun.
And kind-hearted residents have so far raised an impressive £1,300 for the Wells Avenue-based facility.
The money will be a huge boost to the charity, but the final total could be even greater with donations pouring in until the end of this month.
Once all of the sponsorship money has been received, the owner who raised the most will be rewarded with a pet prize package, provided by Pets at Home.
Sandra Britten, director of information governance at the hospice, said: “This was only the second time we have held the Dogs Day Out, but it proved to be another huge success.
“The weather was perfect and the dogs were impeccably behaved and so far we have raised a fantastic amount of money.
“All of the money will go towards helping the hospice to provide its range of vital services to our local communities.
“I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who took part in the day.”
Peter Stonehouse, manager of the Pets at Home store, in Highpoint Retail Park, Hartlepool, who supported the event, added: “We always look for ways to get actively involved in the local community and support local organisations.
“The hospice is such a worthy cause and we’re really pleased to have been given a chance to get involved with the second Dogs Day Out.
“The event went very well, with a lot of local pet lovers showing their generous support and I’m sure this will make a big difference to the hospice.
“To show our appreciation we wanted to reward the owner who raised the most sponsorship money.”