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