Top dog Pippa among those providing financial boost for Hartlepool hospice

Left to right, Lynne Hewitson of Pets at Home, Brian Cowie and Pippa, Sheila Hall and Helena Dodds of Pets at Home
Left to right, Lynne Hewitson of Pets at Home, Brian Cowie and Pippa, Sheila Hall and Helena Dodds of Pets at Home

THEY say every dog has its day - well that can certainly be said of two-year-old terrier Pippa.

The four-legged fundraiser was one of 70 dogs wagging their tails for Hartlepool & District Hospice at the this year’s Dogs Day Out, held at Summerhill in June this year.

Pippa was walked along to the popular pooch fundraiser by Brian Cowie, a friend of the dog’s owner Sheila Hall.

And the terrier has now been named as this year’s top dog after Brian and Sheila managed to raise the most sponsorship cash out of everyone who took part in the event.

They handed over £200 to the Wells Avenue-based hospice, which went towards the fantastic £3,500 that was raised in total on the day.

As well as receiving the title of top dog, Pippa also won a two-month supply of dog food courtesy of Pets at Home, the event sponsors for the last three years.

Brian, who lives in the West Park area of Hartlepool, said; “It was a great day enjoyed by both pets and owners alike.

“We are really pleased that Pippa was able to raise the highest amount of sponsorship money.”

The charity event for canines featured a sponsored walk, dog show and a raffle.

Greg Hildreth, events fundraiser at the hospice, added: “Congratulations to Pippa, Sheila and Brian on such a great success.

“Pippa really deserves the top dog rosette and I hope she enjoys her other prizes too.

“Thank you to everyone who took part on the day and to Pets at Home for such great support.

“This was our most successful Dogs Day Out yet and all of the money raised from the event will be used to fund our specialist palliative care services.”

The sponsorship cash may have just been counted from this year’s event but hospice staff have already confirmed the popular fundraiser will feature in next year’s calendar.

Brian added: “I would encourage people to take part in next year’s event to support a great charity and to see if their dog can win a prize.”