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Pooches put paws forward for care appeal

PUBLISHED: 13:38 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 03 July 2010

Perfect pooch: Just one of the dogs taking part in the sponsored walk.

Perfect pooch: Just one of the dogs taking part in the sponsored walk.

PERFECT pooches strutted along Gorleston clifftops with owners showing their support to a campaign aimed at improving end of life care.

A sponsored dog walk raised more than £400 for the £1.

Bikers from Coltishall visiting the James Paget.

PERFECT pooches strutted along Gorleston clifftops with owners showing their support to a campaign aimed at improving end of life care.

A sponsored dog walk raised more than £400 for the £1.5m Palliative Care East Appeal which aims to improve end of life care for patients in Great Yarmouth and Waveney with a purpose- built centre in the ground of the James Paget University Hospital.

An array of breeds took part in the event which saw each dog receive a bow, certificate and treat at the end of the walk, courtesy of Pets at Home.

It's one of a number of events held recently which has helped to shoot the fundraising total close to the £850,000 mark and appeal co-ordinator Jenny Westgate said the charity was looking forward to a bumper summer.

She said: “Our total stands at £845,000 and continues to rise. Not only are donations increasing but so is the number of people who know what palliative care is.

“Understanding what palliative care is about is one of the most important things.”

Meanwhile, a cavalcade of bikers from Coltishall visited the James Paget University Hospital and did a lap of honour around the grounds before having a barbecue in aid of the appeal.

The event was organised by Jean Allen, who was inspired to raise money after riding the past the Cromer home of Les and June Pickles who at the time were holding a garage sale in memory of their daughter Linda, who died of cancer.

After speaking to the couple Mrs Allen decided to hold an event in aid of Palliative Care East.

Last Friday, father and daughter team, Mark and Sam Saunders, did a skydive together for the appeal sponsored by MAS Services East Anglia, refurbishment and construction specialists.

And, on Saturday afternoon, St Andrews Church Chapter House in Gorleston hosted Just Desserts - a dessert tasting session - in aid of the appeal.


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