Sponsored dog walk is fun for all the family

3 March 2013

People-and-their-pooches-will-be-raising-vital-fund-for-Saint-Michael's-HospiceHarrogate dog lovers and their four-legged friends are set to take the lead and raise vital funds for a local charity.

Saint Michael’s popular sponsored dog walk, Woofs and Wellies, is back for 2013 and will take place on Sunday April 21. 
This year’s event features a new 6.5km route that will start and end at the Yorkshire Event Centre and take in the sights of the beautiful Crimple Valley.

There will be doggy treats and a water station along the route, while walkers will have the opportunity to pause within the grounds of the Hospice and place a special leaf on a ‘memory tree’ designed especially for the event. 
People and their pooches are already signing up for the event, which aims to raise money to help improve the lives of local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Saint Michael’s chief executive, Tony Collins, said:

Woofs and Wellies is a fantastic way for local families – and their four legged friends – to have fun, raise money and make a big difference to our vital work.

The route through the Rudding Estates is rarely accessible to the public and we hope that dog lovers from across the Harrogate district will be keen to make the most of this opportunity.

We’ve designed the 6.5km route to take advantage of the beautiful countryside we have on our doorstep and with activities and stalls available at the finish to keep everyone entertained, we’re looking forward to another great event.

Saint Michael’s needs £3.8millon each year to maintain its current level of service. More than 80percent of this figure has to be raised by the community through gifts left by people in their wills, general donations and fundraising events like Woofs and Wellies.
The event, which is sponsored for the third year running by Knaresborough’s Forest House Veterinary Surgery, will begin at 10am on Sunday April 21.

It costs just £10 per dog to take part. 
Places are limited and registration will close on Monday April 15.

To register your dog’s place contact Saint Michael’s on (01423) 879 687 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm or email events@saintmichaelshospice.org

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