Dogs take charity dip

BRAVE volunteers will be dipping into the North Sea this weekend to raise money for vulnerable animals.

And they will be dressed as two dogs and a cat when they do it.

Three volunteers will descend on Seaton Carew on Sunday to take part in a sponsored dip.

The event aims to raise money towards a new vulnerable dogs’ unit at the Coxhoe-based Stray Aid kennels, which re-homes dogs picked up in east Durham by Durham County Council’s dog wardens.

The trio will be running in and out of the sea at noon, but Stray Aid officials will be offering free micro-chipping to people on low incomes in the Rocket car park from 11.30am until 1pm.

The volunteers, led by Mel Clarke, from Gateshead, will be carrying out their brave deed in the area close to the paddling pool.

Around 20 people will be supporting them and kennel bosses are urging local people to go along.

There will be collection buckets on the day and anyone wishing to sponsor the trio can call Stray Aid on (0191) 3772415 or visit