A doggy daycare service is to be launched to help riders on a North-east cycle challenge.
Furry visitors to this year’s Chapelton Bike Ride will have access to a doggy pit stop.
Jenna Smith, who runs Long Dog Walkies, will be providing treats, toys and water to weary pooches on the day of the bike ride.
Owners will be able to leave their pets with Jenna for a short period of time while they browse stalls and activities on offer at the September 3 event.
The 42-mile bike ride is held in aid of North East Sensory Services (NESS).
The sensory impairment charity welcomed more than 250 cyclists to the inaugural Chapelton Bike Ride last year.
Jenna, from Chapelton, said: “I wanted to give something back to my local community by getting involved with this year’s bike ride, as I noticed there were a lot of doggy companions at last year’s event.
“As a dog owner myself, I felt it was important to provide a peaceful area where dogs could rest away from large crowds of people.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new furry friends and soaking up the atmosphere on the day.
“NESS provides invaluable support to many people across the North-east, so it is great that everyone is coming together to raise funds.”
Registration for the Chapelton Bike Ride is available at www.chapeltonbikeride.co.uk