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A Triumphant Return for Bark in the Park

Hundreds of four legged fundraisers and their owners turned out for our second annual Bark in The Park event on Sunday 23rd April.

A record 442 pooches crossed the starting line of the one mile sponsored walk around South Park, Darlington, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the Hospice.

St Teresa’s Hospice Community Fundraising Manager Scott Marshall said: “Last year’s walk exceeded all our expectations and raised in excess of £10,000 for the hospice. This year we have had even more people register their dogs for the event, which is absolutely fantastic, and we hope that the money raised from this walk will exceed that amount.”

The walk was supported by principal sponsors Stanhope Park Veterinary Surgery and Pets at Home, Darlington.

Prizes for best dressed dog and dog with the waggiest tail were won by terrier Izzy, dressed as a fairy, and her owner Laura Lowe, and spaniel Masie and owner Lauren Robertson, who each received a certificate and trophy donated by Prudhoe Rosettes and Trophies, of Darlington.

Goody bags were provided for all dogs completing the walk by Pets at Home. County Durham & Darlington Police Cadets were on hand to help guide walkers and their dogs on the route.

Over twenty stalls including the RSPCA, The Edward Foundation, First Aid for Dogs, The Groom Room and Jen Mitchell Photography pitched up to support the event, with Hays Travel Darlington providing prizes for a tombola draw.

Sponsor and director of Stanhope Park Veterinary Surgery, Michaela Wright, said: “St Teresa’s is a wonderful charity and we are extremely happy to be sponsoring the event this year. This is the second time that we have brought our team to Bark in The Park and it’s great seeing so many people with lots of happy healthy dogs.”

St Teresa’s Chief Executive Jane Bradshaw, who walked with her Bedlington Terrier Barney, added: “Once again the people of Darlington and the local districts have shown their overwhelming support of St Teresa’s Hospice by turning up to our event today. It is incredible to see so many dogs and their well-behaved owners who have helped make our second Bark in The Park event another fantastic success.”

Entrants are urged to send in their sponsorship as soon as possible. For information on how to make a donation please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01325 254321.