Have a 'Bark in the Park' this Saturday for Leeds hospice

Dog owners and their furry friends are invited to take a fundraising stroll this Saturday in aid of St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 6:00 am
Tony Cascarino with this dog Bonnie and his family at the 2018 St Gemma's Hospice Bark in the Park. Picture by Simon Hulme

The Moortown hospice's annual Bark in the Park event will be held in the grounds of Temple Newsam on Saturday February 22.

Hospice bosses hope to see hundreds of dogs at the event, which offers walkers the choice of a one, three or six mile route.

This year's fundraising target is £15,000 and there will be a prize for the dog which raises the most sponsorship by March 31.

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Lucy Williams, event fundraiser at St Gemma's, said: "Bark in the Park is a great opportunity to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice with your four-legged friends, plus you get to explore the gorgeous grounds of Temple Newsam by walking a one, three or six mile route. It’s one of my favourite events as I absolutely love dogs.

"We’ve got lots of activities to get involved with such as an agility course and flyball demonstrations, weather depending, fantastic prizes to be won on our tombola and raffle as well as a great selection of stalls to browse."

She added: "We are hoping Bark in the Park will raise £15,000 for the Hospice. This would be enough to cover the costs of running our family support team for a month – offering practical and emotional support to people through the most difficult time in their lives. It would also fund 7 home visits from our Community team as well as a day of care for 4 In-Patients staying at the Hospice. St Gemma’s is rooted in the local community and would not be able to care for local people with life-threatening illnesses with the public’s valuable and ongoing support.”

Registration is between 9am and 10.30am on the morning and costs £5 for one dog and then £2 for each additional dog.

For more information visit https://events.st-gemma.co.uk/events/bark-in-the-park.