Guests with their pooches at the start of the walk

Bark For Life in Nottingham is a multi-kilometre sponsored dog walk through Rushcliffe Country Park was the seventh one this year. It is raising funds for Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK Logo

Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But throughout the most recent 40 years, survival has multiplied – today half will beat cancer and that is to a great extent because of Cancer Research UK.

  • Half (50%) of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more.
  • Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.

Registration fees were £6 per dog and this included a goodie bag and bandana for pooches. Thank you certificates on receipt of sponsorship money were granted to the owners and their pets.

Labradors in bandanas

The walk started and finished from The Kite Field, set in the heart of the country park and was 5km long. Those who wanted to walk for a longer time could take 10km distance. It followed the pathways so it was suitable for dogs of all ages.

Route around the Rushcliffe Park

Hundreds of people with their beloved pets took part in this walk to fight against cancer.

Besides the walk, there were lots of other things that went on throughout the day. It included lots of stalls which were selling ‘doggy’ items, dog’s agility course and Yew Tree Canine Society held one of their Fun Dog Shows with categories for dogs of all sizes and shapes. There was even a special round for the most charitable pooch.

The most fancy dress competition

This year the winner of Most Charitable Dog 2019 was Hugo! He raised £1,015.

IT’S A REALLY GOOD WAY TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY TO FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

RACHEL HOMEWARDS, PART OF THE COMMITTEE FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

This event is being organised every year to help raise money to cure cancer. Many volunteers, including friends and family of organisers or even complete strangers turn up every year to make the event a success.

Rachel Homewards, part of the committee for Relay For Life, is involved in Bark For Life events for more that two years. She says:”I think it’s just a different way to raise as much money as we can. so, rather than doing things that you usually find like race, this event is a little bit different and attracts a different group of people. It’s a really good way to raise a lot of money to fight against cancer”.

One of the participants of the walk

Bark For Life 2019 was a great chance to spend a few hours with family, friends and beloved dog in the outdoors whilst raising funds to research all 200+ cancers.