Suffolk Dog Day may have been cancelled this year, but with the loss of around £50K in fundraising for Suffolk charities just at a time when they need it most, dog lovers are being asked to lend ‘Paw Power’ to a brand new #Gimme5 Challenge going live now in support of vulnerable Suffolk young people.

Suffolk Community Foundation the organisers of Suffolk’s much loved annual canine event Suffolk Dog Day, launch a new four legged friendly #Gimme5 appeal to replace this year’s cancelled Suffolk Dog Day, which was due to take place at Helmingham Hall in July. It’s hoped that the Paw Power of 1000’s of Suffolk dogs will be harnessed as a fight back fundraiser in aid of Suffolk young people’s charities 

This brand new fun idea has been created for all the family – on two legs and four –  to enjoy safely as Suffolk slowly moves out of lockdown. 

Tim Holder, Head of Public Affairs at the Foundations says Safety and enjoyment have always been fundamental elements to enjoying Suffolk Dog Day. We know how much people and their pooches are going to this year’s event, but we are determined to keep our loyal ‘Woofers active and together until we meet again at Helmingham Hall on July 25th, 2021. Also we couldn’t give up on the Suffolk charities who need our support more than ever and, like everything else in life at the moment, we just had to find new ways to support them by having everyone join in safely where they live. 

The #Gimme5 Challenge is really simple idea. It asks people to do a 5K walk with their fourlegged friend, make a donation of £5 on the Just Giving page, then tag 5 friends on social media to do the same. We hope there will lots of evidence of ‘Gimme5’ paws on social media as people celebrate completing the challenge. This will really help us to spread the word to every corner of our wonderful County. #Gimme5 will be great for the mental and physical health of everyone involved and the money raised will help support charities working with vulnerable Suffolk young people as they rebuild their lives after lockdown. It’s something the everyone can get involved with and, of course, smaller paws don’t have to do the 5K all in one go!’   

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