Dog themed events in West Suffolk fetch thousands of pounds for vital charities

Bad Girls actress Helen Fraser with the Paws in the Park category winners ANL-160523-124817001
Bad Girls actress Helen Fraser with the Paws in the Park category winners ANL-160523-124817001
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Tails were wagging as hundreds of dogs helped fetch thousands of pounds for good causes at two canine themed fund-raisers.

St Nicholas Hospice Care’s inaugural dog show Paws in the Park featured an array of activities and demonstrations while Hearing Dogs for Deaf People held a Great British Dog Walk on Sunday.

Paws in the Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

Pictured: Charlotte Peacock with Brodie and Henry ANL-160523-010631009

Paws in the Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care Pictured: Charlotte Peacock with Brodie and Henry ANL-160523-010631009

The hospice event at Hardwick Heath attracted an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 canine enthusiasts who enjoyed watching and having a go at dog agility and gundog scurry demonstrations.

Bad Girls actress Helen Fraser helped judge the dog show with categories including best dressed, waggiest tail, dog that looks most like its owner and best in show.

It is estimated the event raised £6,000 for the hospice.

Charlie Ruddock, hospice events fund-raiser, said: “It really exceeded expectations. It was great to see so many members of the community there, with all ages of people and breeds of dogs. People had made a real effort with their dogs getting them looking good for the day – the best dressed dog class was really eye opening.

Paws in the Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

Pictured: Charlotte (10) and Natalie Hulyer with Barney the Dog ANL-160523-010558009

Paws in the Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care Pictured: Charlotte (10) and Natalie Hulyer with Barney the Dog ANL-160523-010558009

“Helen Fraser was brilliant and seemed to enjoy it, so we would like to say a big thank you to her.”

The hospice also thanked sponsors Swayne and Partners.

Meanwhile, more than 340 dog walkers put their best feet and paws forward for a 3k or 8k trek around the grounds of Ickworth Park, in Horringer.

Organisers Hearing Dogs for Deaf People hope the event will bring in between £6,000 to £7,000.

Paws in the Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care

Pictured: Dog agility ANL-160523-010620009

Paws in the Park in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care Pictured: Dog agility ANL-160523-010620009

The event also featured craft stalls, dog accessories and games.

Rachel Clarke, the charity’s community fund-raising manager for East Anglia, said: “It was fantastic and the team at Ickworth are amazing and very supportive. It’s our second year there and we’re hoping to be back there next year.”

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People ANL-160523-010440009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People ANL-160523-010440009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Pictured: Marion Manley with Darren ANL-160523-010342009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Pictured: Marion Manley with Darren ANL-160523-010342009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Pictured: Joanne Luxford with Joe-joe ANL-160523-010331009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Pictured: Joanne Luxford with Joe-joe ANL-160523-010331009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People ANL-160523-010524009

The Great British Dog walk in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People ANL-160523-010524009