Pooches on the Prom event being held in memory of local teenager

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Demelza Hospice Care for Children’s popular family event Pooches on the Prom returns to Bexhill on Sunday May 22 and is being held in memory of local girl Charlotte Craggs.

Charlotte received care from Demelza before her death in 2013, aged 18.

Her dad Tom, from Bexhill, said: “This event is so special to us, and it’s very poignant because Charlotte used to love stroking the dogs along Bexhill seafront.”

The sponsored walk and prize show is a chance to show off your pet’s good looks and talent while raising funds for Demelza’s work supporting seriously ill babies, children and young people from across East Sussex.

Families are invited to take their pooch for a sponsored three mile walk along Bexhill seafront, starting from and returning to the Metropole Lawns next to the De La Warr Pavilion for a fun dog show.

Registration for the walk, at £5 per dog, opens at 11am with pooches and owners setting off at midday. The dog show begins when everyone has finished the walk, at around 1.30pm. Entry for the dog show is £2 per class, payable on the day.

Anyone who pre-registers for the sponsored walk by calling the Demelza fundraising team on 01795 845288 will receive a free bandana for their pet.

Julie Brett, Community Fundraiser at Demelza said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Tom and his wife Vicky for helping me to organise this event – it’s always such a fun day.

“I would also like to thank Love K9 Dog Training from Bexhill for being sponsors because it means that every penny raised on the day can be used for providing care for children with life-limiting and life threatening illnesses.

“We couldn’t support our local families without the help of generous people in the community.”

For more information about the event, please call Julie on 07917 603075 or email Julie.brett@demelza.org.uk.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children is a charity in the south east of the UK, providing vital care to hundreds of families across East Sussex and Kent.

Its children’s hospices provide professional, specialist, one-to-one care and support and access to life-enhancing facilities, such as a hydrotherapy pool and therapies for children and young people up to the age of 19.

As a charity, not part of the NHS, Demelza is reliant on fundraising, donations and gifts in wills to raise over £10.5million needed every year to provide care to seriously ill children and their family.

For more information on the work of Demelza visit www.demelza.org.uk.

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