Peanut and Daisy set to lead the winter walk

Lifestyle / Mon 19th Jan 2015 at 12:40pm

WinterwalkiesPERFECT pooches Peanut and Daisy will be taking the lead when St Clare Hospice holds its popular Winter Walkies on Sunday, February 22.

The cute canines are the furry faces of this year’s fundraising event after they won a Facebook competition to find a top dog to star on the Hastingwood-based charity’s posters, leaflets and other promotional material in the run up to the sponsored 5km countryside walk.

From beagles and boxers, to collies and Cocker spaniels, almost 90 handsome hounds and pretty pups entered our online competition, with both Peanut and Daisy winning more than 300 votes each!

They were then invited to the Hospice with their owners Claire Hands and Nicola Parker for a special photo shoot with Pawtrait of Your Pet photographer Vikki Lince.

Claire, from Hunsdon, said: “It’s lovely to see Peanut on the posters, and I’m just really happy she can help and hopefully raise lots of money for the Hospice.”

Nicola, who lives in Harlow, added: “We were over the moon to hear that Daisy was one of the winners – to see her picture being used to promote Winter Walkies is just so exciting.”

St Clare fundraising manager Dominique Brunning said: “We know our supporters are barking mad for their pets, but we were overwhelmed with the response to our Winter Walkies competition. The event, which has been kindly sponsored by Mullucks Wells, is one of the most popular in the Hospice fundraising calendar and we can’t wait to meet all our new four-legged friends on February 22.”

Peanut and Daisy will be setting off at the head of our Winter Walkies pack when the pooch parade leaves the Hospice at 11am. Anyone can join the walk whether you are a pet owner or not.

On the morning there will be doggy-friendly fun and games for all the family, including competitions for dogs and owners as well as a children’s quiz. Free soup and a roll for all walkers will also be available along with other hot refreshments on sale.

Registration for Winter Walkies is £10 for adults, £5 for children or £27.50 for two adults and two children. For more information, call the St Clare fundraising team on 01279 773750, email [email protected] or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk.

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