On Saturday 26thSeptember, a local charity will be raising money though a sponsored dog walk.

The event ‘Walkies and Wellies’ has been organised by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and will see hundreds of canines and their generous owners take to Waseley Hills Country park.

From 9am to 2pm, walkers will be able to choose from two routes, a one or three mine walk allowing them to explore the beautiful park with their four-legged friends.

The walk is open to all dogs both big and small. Every compassionate pooch who crosses the finish line will be rewarded with a free doggy goody bag full of tasty treats, which has been generously gifted by premium dog food manufacturer Fish 4Dogs.

There is a £5 registration fee to enter your dog and all humans go free. There isn’t a minimum sponsorship but they ask you to raise as much as you can.

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice supports 400 people each day living with life limiting illnesses though care at home and their hospice. They support not only the patient but their families too though the person’s illnesses and after bereavement for as long as necessary.

They are celebrating 40 years of the hospice!

Laura Nash, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “Walkies and Wellies is our first-ever sponsored dog walk and we can’t wait to see lots of wagging tails and smiling faces at the event.

“Not many people will know this, but dogs can play their role in hospice care. We have a number of pet therapy dogs – such as Walter and Boris – who regularly visit the Hospice to provide affection and comfort to the people we care for. They can have a huge impact on a person’s wellbeing, helping to lift spirits and encourage communication.

“With our Walkies and Wellies event, we wanted to raise awareness of the emotional support our pet therapy dogs provide whilst also raising much-needs funds for this service and more. It will cost £9 million to run all of our hospice services this year, 66 per cent of which must come from generous voluntary donations and sponsorship, so events like this really do help us to continue to care for people wherever and whenever they need it.”

Keeping in with the spooky season, they are encouraging all dogs to be dressed up in their best halloween costume!

There is onsite parking but it is display and pay, so don’t forget to bring some spare change.

Why not instead of taking your dogs round the block this Saturday, come to this amazing event and help raise money for your local hospice.

If you would like to sign up your four legged friend, please visit the their website here.


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