Dogs step out for Barnsley Hospice

9 August 2012

Dog owners and their canine friends are encouraged to put their best foot, or paw, forward in a sponsored dog walk for Barnsley Hospice.

‘Paws in the Park’ is the hospice’s second sponsored dog walk, and will see fund-raisers completing routes of two and a half miles or six miles.

Proceeds will go to the running of the hospice, at Gawber, which cares for anyone in Barnsley who has a life-threatening illness, along with their loved ones. It is hoped  money raised will top last year’s total of around £1800.

Organiser Mandy Ibbotson said she and colleagues are looking forward to ‘Paws in the Park’, and hope to make it an annual event.

She said:  “Last year 74 dogs took part, and numbers are looking even better for this year. It’s a really good chance to turn an everyday task into an activity that will really make a difference to the people Barnsley Hospice supports.”

“It promises to be a great day out for all the family – everyone is welcome!”

The sponsored walk takes place at Cannon Hall Country Park on Sunday 2nd September, and is one of a number of fund raising events running throughout the day. Four-legged friends will have the opportunity to indulge in grooming and show off their good looks at ‘Wufts’ dog shows.

Walkers can register in advance until Tuesday 28th August, or on the day between 11.30am and 2pm. Entry costs £6, and all participants will receive a free bandana, certificate and goody bag. The star prize for the pet raising the most money is the opportunity to be pictured on promotional leaflets and posters for next year’s event.

Barnsley Hospice has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care in its Limes Unit as well as a wide range of other services.

It has to find £1.9m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m every year and relies heavily on volunteers, donations and sales at its nine shops around the borough. 
More information about the walk and registering pets can be found on Barnsley Hospice’s website,

Anyone unable to attend but who would like to make a donation should text PAW06 followed by the amount (for example, PAWS06£5) to 70070.


Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement.
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.
For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to:
Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257 or email

Alternatively, ring Mandy Ibbotson on 01226 323628 or at

Additional media contact: Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at 


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