DOG owners are being encouraged to support a North-East autism charity by taking part in a sponsored walk.

The North-East Autism Society (Neas) is hosting Wag this Way at Hetton Lyons Country Park in Sunderland on Sunday, May 11.

It is hoped about 300 dogs and their owners will complete a one or two mile walk around the park and help raise funds for families living with autism throughout the region.

The charity is based in Sunderland and also runs the North East Centre for Autism, a school and short breaks facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Colin Powell, head of fundraising at Neas, said: “We have a really exciting day planned.

"There will be a number of trade stands along with a range of interesting doggie related products and services that will be showcased alongside some fun competitions and activities for all the family.”

Dog owners must book place in advance to take part in the walk and pay a £5 registration fee.

Participants are also encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible.

Free micro-chipping will be available for every dog that takes part and they will also receive a certificate and a “doggie bag” full of tasty treats.

For more information and to book a place or call the fundraising team on 0191-410-9974.