Dog-lovers and their families are invited to St Catherine’s Hospice for a day of pet-friendly fun, dog displays and animal attractions in its beautiful grounds.Advertisement
The charity’s popular Bark in the Park fun day, now in its sixth year, will be held for the first time at St Catherine’s Hospice on Saturday 23 September.
Between 10am – 3pm, dog owners can expect dog agility and obedience displays, stall selling treats for dogs, and food for everyone, along with many more activities.
Owners are encouraged to sign up now for the leisurely 2.5-mile sponsored walk around the gardens and surrounding area of Lostock Hall.
Hospice supporters John and Liz Webb are looking forward to bringing their daughter Daisy and five-year old pooch Luna to the event.
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John Webb, support worker, said: “The dogs were like little celebrities at the Moonlight and Memories Walk – we dressed them up in pink butterfly wings, so we want to dress them up again for Bark in the Park and the sponsored dog walk. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Liz Webb, teaching assistant, said: “It was the first time we’d done the Moonlight and Memories Walk; we did it in memory of my Uncle Ken who died last year.
“After experiencing the amazing atmosphere on the night, we’re keen to get more involved with St Catherine’s and attend more fundraisers.
“I think it’s really great that Bark in the Park is being held in the hospice grounds; it lets patients know that people are thinking of them and doing something to raise funds for the charity.
“If they’re well enough, they can join in or sit and watch, knowing that they are not alone and that people are supporting them and St Catherine’s.”
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Liz knows how cancer devastate families, as her mum, Linda Melling, has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice.
She added: “We know how much St Catherine’s helps people with cancer and other life-shortening illnesses, so we want to do what we can to help.
“My mum has attended support sessions at St Catherine’s, which really made a difference; she made some really great friends which helped keep her positive.”
Emma Jacovelli, St Catherine’s fundraiser, said: “We’re so excited to be bringing Bark in the Park to Lostock Hall for the first time this year – people always tell us how much they love coming to St Catherine’s to get involved with the charity and our fundraisers, and we’re sure this event will be no different.
“We’re excited to be welcoming our community into St Catherine’s Park to share this special occasion with us, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s four-legged friends having fun in our grounds in September!”
You can register for the sponsored walk, costing £3 per dog, by visiting the website or call 01772 629171.
You can also follow St Catherine’s Hospice on Facebook and Twitter.
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