HANDSOME hounds and pretty pooches are being asked to step out for an annual sponsored dog walk to raise money for hospice care.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Durham, hosts its Paws for a Cause event every spring to raise money so it can continue to provide care for people with terminal illnesses.

The walk at the Riverside Park, in Chester-le-Street, will take place on Sunday, March 18, and will also include a show, a performance by a dancing dog crew and and a flyball demonstration.

Jade McArdle, senior community and events fundraiser, said: “Last year’s event was so much fun. We had over 180 dogs take part and it was great to see so many different breeds – all shapes and sizes.

“We are proud to be pet friendly at St Cuthbert’s and often welcome along dogs to visit patients. We know how much it means to people to see their ‘best friend’.

It’s great to be able to put together an event that our four-legged friends can take part in too.”

There will be two walks available, with owners able to choose between either 1.5miles or three miles.

All dogs signed up before Monday, March 12 will receive a dog goodie bag, dog rosette and completion certificate.

The day starts with a fun dog show, with categories including prettiest pooch, handsome hound, happiest dog, best fancy dress and most like owner.

There will also be demonstrations from K9 Pawformers Dancing Dogs and Fun Fanatics Flyball Team.

Registration for the walk is £10 per dog and entry to the show is £1 per category.

Entry to the dog show is £1 per category.

The walk takes place at 12.30pm, with other events starting at 10am.

To register visit www.stcuthbertshospice.com.