Double delights for very special pooch

Wendy Simpson with her dog Beau .Picture by FRANK REID
Wendy Simpson with her dog Beau .Picture by FRANK REID
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THEY say every dog has its day and adorable pooch Beau has had exactly that - for two years running.

The Hungarian Vizsla Pointer mixed breed and proud owner Wendy Simpson won the coveted top award at Hartlepool and District Hospice’s Dogs Day Out for the second consecutive year.

The award is handed out every year to the partnership which raises the most cash for the Wells Avenue-based hospice at the event and this year Wendy and Beau raked in an impressive £422.58.

That cash helped towards a total which currently stands at £1,700, with donations and sponsorship from September’s event still coming in.

The winning partnership featured in the Mail prior to the event as Wendy revealed how Beau helped her to successfully fight breast cancer.

After the shock diagnosis in December 2008 and a subsequent six gruelling courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Wendy realised the importance of exercise and decided to buy a dog.

Wendy, who lives in Everett Street, Hartlepool, said Beau helped her to fight the cancer with lots of long walks and the dog’s “excellent company” helped her to keep her mind off the ordeal she was facing.

Since she was given the all-clear, Wendy has raised hundreds of pound for the hospice, which cared for her auntie Joan Dixon, who sadly lost her battle with breast cancer four years ago.

And that total was boosted yet again thanks to her efforts at this year’s Dogs Day Out.

Greg Hildreth, the hospice’s events fundraiser, said: “Congratulations to Beau and Wendy for securing the title for another year and raising so much money.

“This will all be used to fund our specialist palliative care services offered to patients from the local areas of Hartlepool and East Durham.

“I look forward to seeing the pair back next year for another great day.”

Greg said everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Dogs Day Out, which featured a sponsored walk, dog show, obedience display and a question and answer session with dog trainers.

He added: “Thanks to everyone else who supported this event and to Pets At Home for their sponsorship.”