Paw-some event in aid of charity

Attendees with their dogs take to Tynemouth Longsands.
Attendees with their dogs take to Tynemouth Longsands.

A paw-some event saw more than 100 people take to the beach for charity.

Dog owners descended on Tynemouth Longsands North last Sunday to walk half-a-mile to Cullercoats and back, despite wet and windy conditions.

The challenge was to raise money for disabled people across the region, in tribute to war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire, who’s charity provides care services in the area.

The event was part of the charity’s 100 for 100 challenge, as this year would have been Leonard Cheshire’s 100th birthday.

Wendy McGauley, who works for Leonard Cheshire and was inspired to organise the event, said: “I was delighted to see so many four legged supporters join us on a chilly Sunday morning.

“My dog Mac had the time of his life and it was fantastic to see everyone come together for a good cause.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along, and the dedicated volunteers who helped to make the day a success.”

Wendy was joined by residents of Leonard Cheshire supported living unit Bradbury Court, Marske Hall care home.

One attendee, Tom Pugh, 29, a resident of Bradbury Court, has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, so uses a wheelchair for mobility.

He said: “It was great being able to take part. I really enjoyed seeing all the dogs and riding my sand buggy along the beach.”

More than £500 was raised on the day by volunteers.

All funds raised will go to Leonard Cheshire Disability, to support the charity’s work in the region, including funding for people to access activities, innovative equipment and therapies which would not be supplied by social care.

If you’d like to donate to Wendy’s fundraising page, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/macthedog