The annual Pooches on the Prom event at Bexhill raised £1,400 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
A total of 85 dogs took part in the three mile walk along Bexhill seafront which was started off by Benjii, a six month old Cavachon who won the charity’s recent photo competition.
The walk was followed by a fun Dog Show which attracted over one hundred entries. The overall winner was a Great Dane called ‘Molly’ who also won the Veteran Class.
Julie Brett, Community Fundraiser at Demelza, said: “It was a brilliant day and we were quite lucky with the weather. It was lovely to see so many dogs enjoying the sunshine with their owners.
“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along and supported us and helped us to raise such a lovely sum of money. It will enable us to help so many families across East Sussex with our ‘hospice at home’ service.”
In addition to residential care, the Demelza community team provides a ‘Hospice at Home’ care service for over 150 children and families in East Sussex. Specialist paediatric community nurses go directly into the family home to provide day care, crisis intervention, an on-call service and respite, combined with short breaks and other services.
This flexible care provision enables families to live their lives in their own environment and take away some of the strain of caring for a life-limited child.
Parents have described having the opportunity of an undisturbed night’s sleep as pure luxury. The Demelza community team also offers the choice of 24 hour end-of-life care and gives medical help and expert advice in the home.
Families living in East Sussex also benefit from respite breaks at Demelza’s hospices in Sittingbourne and South-East London.
Demelza relies almost entirely on fundraising, donations and gifts in wills and needs to raise £9 million this year.