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Bark in the Park returns to Preston

Posted on - 21st September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Charities, Events, News, Preston City Centre
Last year's Bark in the Park

Last year’s Bark in the Park

Four-legged friends and their owners are being encouraged to take a stroll round Avenham Park and raise money for charity.

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The fifth Bark in the Park event is a sponsored dog walk.

It is in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice and includes pet-friendly stalls, a barbecue, doggy talent show along with agility and obedience displays.

The two and a half mile walk takes in parts of Preston and South Ribble.

Lancashire’s German Shepherd Rescue centre, Rochdale Dog Rescue, Dog’s Trust and the RSPCA are all due to be in attendance.

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Ian Routh, a member of Preston Agility Dogs who are helping organise the event, said: “Bark in the Park is a brilliant day out to celebrate all things dog! There will be plenty of stalls selling goodies for your four-legged friends, and lots of things going on throughout the day to keep the whole family entertained.

“The sponsored walk is the main event, taking in both sides of the River Ribble. It’s great fun and a good way to meet other dog-lovers and share stories of your pooches, whilst enjoying a scenic walk through beautiful parkland and woodlands.

“It’s pram and wheelchair-friendly, so everyone can get involved.”

The walk and entertainment, on Saturday 1 October, runs from 10am to 4.30pm.

Some of the dogs taking their owners for a walk

Some of the dogs taking their owners for a walk

St Catherine’s fundraiser Emma Jacovelli said: “Bark in the Park is a firm favourite with our supporters. It’s a really fun day out which helps raise vital funds to help us continue our specialist care of people with life-shortening illnesses, at the hospice and out in the community in people’s own homes.

“Popular features from previous years are back on the agenda, such as the dog displays, and there’s a whole host of new attractions like the Dog Problem Solving Session, which should keep visitors entertained all day long.”

Registration for the dog walk is £3 per dog in advance, or £5 on the day.

Dogs can get sponsored to take part, anyone can sign up by visiting the St Catherine’s website or calling 01772629171.

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