Charity event benefits from the bulldog spirit

Michelle Stonehouse with one of the bulldogs at the event held in the Rossmere Sports Centre
Michelle Stonehouse with one of the bulldogs at the event held in the Rossmere Sports Centre

A FAMILY bulldog event has helped raise hundreds of pounds for a charity.

The Northern Bulldog Day was held at the Rossmere Centre, in Rossmere Way, Hartlepool, recently and there was a host of activities to keep people entertained.

The event helped raise £1,675.03 for Bulldog Rescue and organisers say they are delighted with the amount.

It was such a success that the annual event will once again be held in the Rossmere Centre next October.

People from across the country flocked to the event to enjoy stalls, refreshments, professional pet portraits, a pet parade, dog fancy dress and a children’s corner with face painting.

There was also a colouring and drawing competition while Vicky Collins-Nattrass, who helped launch Bulldog Day UK and is chairman of Bulldog Rescue, ran an educational theatre session involving an open forum question and answer sessions.

There was also a coconut stall, a tombola and a raffle with profits raised on the day going to Bulldog Rescue.

It was Hartlepool’s third time of holding this day in the North-East and there were people from as far afield as South Wales and Scotland staying in the town.

Organiser Michelle Stonehouse said: “The event managed to raise £1,675.03 for Bulldog Rescue and we were absolutely delighted with that.

“I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody that came along and supported the event.

“We had 100 bulldogs turn up with people travelling from across the country.

“It was a great venue and we were really pleased with how it went.”

There were also representatives from Northumberland and Durham Bulldog Club and Yorkshire Bulldog Club and Pets at Home Hartlepool at the event.

Meanwhile, youngsters from Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, made homemade sweets and cakes to sell and raise funds for the school.