Bark in the Park postponed

Happier times, walkers enjoy Bark in the Park 2017

Our annual Bark in the Park sponsored dog walk has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

The event, which raised more than £10,000 last year, was scheduled to take place in South Park, Darlington, on Sunday 19th April.

Hospice Chief Executive Jane Bradshaw said: “We have been closely monitoring the escalating coronavirus situation and have also taken advice from the Darlington Borough Council Events Team.

“For everyone’s safety we feel that it is only right that we do not go ahead and we will therefore be postponing, with September 6th pencilled in as the new date. Please mark the date in your diary and keep checking www.darlingtonhospice.org.uk for updates.”

Fundraisers are being urged to still set tails wagging by supporting the Hospice with timely and vital donations. In the wake of the postponement we have launched Pawtraits, a virtual competition to find the region’s best dressed and cutest dogs.

For a minimum donation of £5, entrants can post a picture of their pooch on their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts, using #StTsPawtraits and #IDonated and they will be entered for judging in the competition. Entrants should make the donation at www.justgiving.com/campaign/HugToStTs with #StTsPawtraits in the message box.

Entries will be judged by a representative from sponsors Jollyes The Pet Superstore, Darlington. Jollyes are also donating a prize of a £15 gift voucher and a goody bag for the winner of each category.

Donations and entries must be made by midnight on Sunday 19th April and the winners will be announced on Monday 20th April.