Sunderland dog-lovers urged to take the lead with fundraising

Jan, Jeannie, Robert and Denise, volunteers at the Sea Road Shop, with Lauren and Olivia representing the Doggie Diner, and Sue Ryder supporter, Sam.

Jan, Jeannie, Robert and Denise, volunteers at the Sea Road Shop, with Lauren and Olivia representing the Doggie Diner, and Sue Ryder supporter, Sam.

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Four-legged friends are being called upon to help a good cause.

Pets will be putting their best paw forward in the annual Sue Ryder fundraising Dog Walk, which takes place next month.

Volunteers from the charity’s shop in Sea Road, Fulwell, will be leading the charge in the 10-mile walk, which runs from Roker to Whitburn.

But anyone can join in with their canine companions.

Kath Morris, assistant manager from the shop, said: “It’s always a great atmosphere on the day and the dogs have a lot of fun. It’s a walk that always generates a lot of interest and is a great way of raising funds for the charity, while having fun.

“Anyone can take part. But we do prefer it if they call into the shop at some point before the day itself to get a registration form. It’s free to enter, all we ask is that they ask for sponsorship.”

The walk will take place on Sunday, August 16, at 10am from the Bungalow Cafe in Roker, along the promenade, and will finish at Minchella’s cafe in Whitburn. Funds raised will go to Sue Ryder.

Set up in 1953, the charity supports people with complex needs and life-threatening illnesses.

One of its main focuses is to provide hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening condition.

As well as providing neurological care centres, the charity campaigns to improve the lives of people living with such conditions.

l To speak to someone at Sue Ryder in Sea Road, Fulwell, telephone 0191 548 6297. For more information on the work and research of Sue Ryder charity, visit its website on www.sueryder.org