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BRONZE EFFORTS IN THE NAME OF CHARITY
STAFF from an east Durham beauty salon have set themselves a challenge of continuing their yearly fundraising efforts to raise cash for a local hospice. Rachel Barrass, owner of Body Bronze in Wingate and her team of beauticians, Ashley Head, Charlotte Binns, Lisa Turner, Zoe Taylor and Sarah Wall are aiming to raise as much money as possible by stepping out in the Midnight Walk in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice.
The team are regular fundraisers in and around Wingate having raised money for other local causes with their last event being a bungee jump last summer, however Rachel wanted something a little less nerve-racking this year.
Rachel said “Everybody kept asking me what we are going to do this year for our fundraiser, and I joked that after the bungee jump last year, this year I just wanted a nice serene walk. We found out about the Midnight Walk from the Hospice’s website and thought that it would be a good event to do.”
The Midnight Walk takes place on Saturday 11 September with participants walking from Hartlepool Historic Quay to Seaton Carew and back. This is the fourth year the event has taken place raising over £170,000 for patient care services at the Hospice. All the money raised from the event is spent locally to provide specialist care and support for people affected by life limiting illnesses or the death of a loved one.
Rachel added “Everybody knows somebody who has had people cared for by the Hospice, they do such a wonderful job, so I know the money raised will be going to a very good cause. We are really looking forward to the night it should be good fun and we hope to raise a lot of money as all our customers are always very generous.”
K9 CHARITY CAPERS
K9’S IN THE area are in for a treat at a charity dog walk this May thanks to dog Trainer Jo Lee of K9 Kapers. Jo, 57, from Hartlepool will be helping out at Hartlepool and District Hospice’s Dogs Day Out on Sunday May 23 to help raise funds for the charity. Jo has three dogs and is pictured with Peggy a collie cross spaniel who is seven years old.
Jo said “On the day Myself and Peggy will lead the sponsored dog walk around Summerhill and I have arranged a great agility course for the dogs to take part in. Also some of my class will be coming along to do an obedience display.”
Dog trainer and behavioural coach Jo runs weekly classes at Dalton Piercy which uses up to date modern methods for pack leadership. Jo added “I feel it’s important to support the Hospice for the care and support they give to terminally ill people and their families and the improved quality of live they give. Both of my parents have received exceptional care from the Hospice which is why I want to help in whatever way I can.”
The brand new event is a sponsored dog walk that will be raising funds for local charity Hartlepool and District Hospice. The day will begin with a sponsored walk around Summerhill, followed by a Doggy Buffet, a Dog Show and Agility Course. The event will being at 10:00am on Sunday 23 May at Summerhill visitors centre.
Organisers hope the event will raise over £3,000 towards the £2.5million needed in 2010 to maintain the specialist palliative care and bereavement support services offered by Hartlepool and District Hospice. All the funds raised from this event will go towards Hartlepool and District Hospice. The unique and vital care, comfort and support offered by the charity, based in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, improves the lives of thousands of families from the Hartlepool and east Durham areas each year, that are affected by life limiting illness or the death of a loved one.
Entry for the dog walk is £5 per dog and can be done online here or by phoning 01429 855536.