Summerhill dog walk boost for hospice

Pictured with their dogs are (left to right) Georgia Unwin, Megan Tudor, Jadine Andrew, Tatum Andrew and Elisha Blair.
Pictured with their dogs are (left to right) Georgia Unwin, Megan Tudor, Jadine Andrew, Tatum Andrew and Elisha Blair.

A BARKING-MAD day out was a huge success as scores of people and their dogs enjoyed a scenic walk and activities.

More than 50 people proudly showed off their pets and helped to raise money for a hospice.

From Labradors and golden retrievers to alsations and Great Danes, Summerhill Country Park was home to the pets and their proud owners on Saturday morning as Hartlepool and District Hospice held its annual Dogs Day Out.

It was the second consecutive year the Wells Avenue-based facility has held the event, and staff were delighted with the turn out.

Owners and their dogs enjoyed a 2k walk around Summerhill, off Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, before putting their beloved pets to the test in a series of fun agility courses and dog shows.

Hospice staff then organised a mini-awards ceremony with quirky titles such as waggiest tail and the dog which looks most like its owner.

Janice Forbes, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic morning.

“We had a lot who had signed up to take part beforehand but a lot of people actually came and registered on the day as well.

“It’s only our second year of running the event but the feedback was great again.

“It was a fantastic sight to see so many people walking and taking part with their dogs.”

Staff at the hospice don’t know exactly how much money was raised on the day yet, but are confident donations and sponsorship will reach the £2,000 mark.

The efforts of the fundraisers will be of huge help to the hospice and help maintain services to patients in the town.

Janice added: “As ever, the support we received at events such as this one was brilliant.

“People were extremely generous and had a fantastic time. Hopefully this will continue to be an annual event, it is certainly very popular.”

Hospice staff were extremely grateful to Pets At Home, in Hartlepool, who sponsored the event and supplied rosettes and other equipment.