Walkers and walkies all in a good cause

DOZENS of energetic walkers braved the hot sunshine to cover five miles for good causes yesterday.

DOZENS of energetic walkers braved the hot sunshine to cover five miles for good causes yesterday.

People taking part in a sponsored walk around Leazes Park in Newcastle were all raising money for Newcastle General Hospital, The Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Carl and Joanne Moffett, of Haydon Grange, Newcastle, were there with their daughter Sophie, aged 22 months, who was treated for pneumonia.

Joanne said: “We are taking part to celebrate Sophie getting better.

“The staff were absolutely fantastic and it is good to give something back.”

The walk was officially started by millionaire businessman and star of TV show Dragon’s Den Duncan Bannatyne.

He said: “My little girl has arthritis and gets treatment at Newcastle.

“She gets fantastic treatment and they all look after her.

“It is a great opportunity to come and help and it is great to see so many people here.”

A good cause also benefited at the tenth annual Scrufts Dog Show held at Saltwell Park, Gateshead yesterday.

The show, opened by Emmerdale star John Middleton, included some of the region’s finest mongrels and was held to raise money for the veterinary charity PDSA.

Nigel Cooke of Gateshead PDSA said: “We are delighted that John is helping choose some of the prize winners, the entry fees from which will raise vital funds for PDSA.”

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