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Come join the St Clare’s dog walk

Lifestyle / Tue 14th Jan 2014 at 07:52am

PUPPY love is in the air at St Clare Hospice now that registration is officially open for our annual Winter Walkies.

St Clare housekeeper Zoe Almond, husband Michael and their seven adorable mutts will be among the walkers and their canine companions taking part in the 5km pooch parade starting at the Hospice in Hastingwood on Sunday, February 9 at 11am.

A second Winter Walkies event is being held at GreenAcres Woodland Burials in Epping Forest the following Sunday on February 16.

Zoe said: “As a nation of dog lovers, we are all animal crackers about our pets and it really is true that dogs are man’s best friend. Signing up for Winter Walkies is a wonderful way for pet owners to enjoy a fun day with other dog lovers and take the lead when it comes to fundraising for their local Hospice.”

Last year, almost 250 people and their four-legged friends took part in Winter Walkies, helping raise almost £5,500, and we are hoping even more people will register for 2014.

There will be plenty of doggy fun and games, including competitions for the best dog/owner lookalike and the wackiest wellies, before the walk gets underway, with the 5km rural route taking in the surrounding countryside.

Please remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear as it is likely there will be plenty of muddy feet and paws!
Dog medals and treats will be handed out afterwards, along with certificates for children. There will also be refreshments.
Anyone is welcome to join the walk – whether you are a pet owner or not – but if you are bringing your dog then please remember to take bags for their waste.
Advance registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children, which includes a free soup. Walkers can also sign up on the day. You’d be barking mad to miss it!
For more information, call events fundraiser Rebecca Barnett on 01279 773750, email [email protected] or see www.stclarehospice.org.uk.

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