Step out with dogs for Sheffield children’s hospice

Joshua Smith, age six, and 16-year-old Connor Whitehouse prepare for the sponsored dog walk with George the hospice dog and Maisie.

Joshua Smith, age six, and 16-year-old Connor Whitehouse prepare for the sponsored dog walk with George the hospice dog and Maisie.

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TIME for walkies – Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston, is hosting a second annual Bark Around the Park.

The sponsored doggy walk, organised by Hospice support group Blu Crew, takes place around the hospice grounds on Sunday at 1pm.

Nigel Solway, from Bramley, who heads up the Crew, said: “We already have more than 50 dogs and their owners signed up but there’s still room for more.”

This year, dog owners will even be able to purchase Bluebell Wood coats for their dogs as seamstress Sybil Stephenson has been busy turning old running vests into coats for dogs.

These will be available on the day for £5.

The walk will take just more than an hour and on arrival back at the hospice cream tea’s and hot drinks will be available.

Sarah Champion, Bluebell Wood chief executive, said: “It was great to see so many owners and their dogs take part last year, it was a fabulous event to watch.

“It costs £3 million a year to offer our services to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy and without the help of our supporters we couldn’t help as many children as we do.”

Registration is just £5 per dog and each dog registered will receive a free Doggie Bag donated by Cookes Pet Stores on completing the walk.

Log onto www.bluebellwood.org/bark.php for more details.

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