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Bark by popular demand!

We are inviting dogs of all shapes and sizes to put their best paw forward to support St Teresa’s Hospice.

Poppy (left, with owner and event organiser Scott Marshall) & Barney (right, with owner and Hospice Chief Executive Jane Bradshaw) lead the way for Bark in the Park


Stanhope Park Vets’ Helen, Michaela, and Michelle, raring to go for Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park will return to Darlington’s South Park on Sunday 23rd April and it looks set to attract hundreds of canines and their well-behaved owners.

The sponsored stroll will raise much needed funds for St Teresa’s and we’re hoping for a repeat of the inaugural event’s success, which raised over £10,000 in 2016.

Scott Marshall, event manager: “We had modest hopes for the first Bark in the Park and we were overwhelmed by the incredible response, showing that support for St Teresa’s Hospice extends to our four-legged friends too. This really is an event for all the family and is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning.”

All dogs that register by 12 noon on Friday 21st April will receive a rosette and a goody bag for taking part.

We’re proud to say that Stanhope Park Vets have renewed their support for Bark in the Park and this year are the principal sponsors.

Helen Geldard, Practice Manager, was keen to get involved after seeing first-hand the difference the care provided by St Teresa’s makes.

Helen said: “I was thrilled to be able to get involved last year and to help raise so much. The care that my husband received at St Teresa’s Hospice was second to none, and I feel it is important for us to support a service like this.

We’re delighted to be able to support Bark in the Park again this year and the whole team are looking forward to being there on the day. It’s such a wonderful, friendly atmosphere, and loads of fun for dogs and their owners.”

The walk follows a gentle one mile route and features a dog agility course. A wheelchair friendly option is also available.

The day will begin with the judging of the best dressed dog and a prize will be given to the most original costume.

A tombola and other stalls will add to the fun, and food and hot drinks will be on offer throughout.

Hospice Chief Executive Jane Bradshaw said “We’re so grateful for the support of Helen and everyone at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, for their sponsorship. With their help, we will raise thousands of pounds which will allow us to further the Hospice’s vital free services for local people. I’ll be there with Barney my Bedlington terrier – he can’t wait!”

Entry for the event is open now at