Virtual Bark in the Park to set tails wagging

Four-legged fundraisers everywhere are preparing for a sponsored stroll as a popular hospice event returns in virtual form.

St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, is hosting its dog-friendly Bark in the Park virtually over the bank holiday weekend, Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May.

Dozens of canines have already committed to the walk and now the Hospice, which has seen most of its usual fundraising events cancelled since the pandemic struck, is calling on charity walkers across the country to sign up with just a few days to spare.

St Teresa’s Hospice community support fundraiser Emily Robson said: “The great thing about Bark in the Park being a virtual event this year is that anyone can take part, wherever they may be. We have dogs walking to raise funds everywhere from the North East to Wales!”

Pets and their owners are encouraged to complete a sponsored walk in their local area. There is also an option to walk the traditional Bark in the Park route around Darlington’s South Park, where there will be a special treasure hunt and prize draw to set tails wagging.

A small entry fee of just £10 covers a group of up to four people. Dogs will receive a sponsor pack and a St Teresa’s Hospice bandana, and owners will receive matching ears to wear during their walk.

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Participants must follow current Government guidance on COVID-19.

After their walk all dogs will receive a goody bag courtesy of pet superstore Jollyes Darlington, which is again the main sponsor of the event.

St Teresa’s Hospice needs to raise £3m a year to provide free day, in-patient and community care for people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Darlington, South Durham and North Yorkshire.