Dogs and owners prepare for charity fundraiser

A charity dog walk has been arranged to help the Rowan’s Hospice to continue providing care and support for the people who rely on it.

Taking place on the 11th August, the ‘Woofs and Wellies’ event will see dog lovers supporting the cause by embarking on a four-mile walk around the grounds of Stansted Park in Rowland’s Castle, Hampshire. This is the second event of its type this year.

More than 200 dogs, along with their owners, participated in the previous event, which was held in March this year. The upcoming event is expected to entice more than 400 people and each participant will be asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £15.

The Hospice’s chief executive, Ruth White, said:

“The first event was so incredibly well-organised and we feel confident enough to hold a bigger version. It’s not a long walk and there’s lovely countryside around to look at.”

Sanctuary Vets in Farlington will be sponsoring the walk. The surgery’s owner and head vet, Scott Crae, said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting a cause which is close to all of our hearts.”

Registration is open until August 2nd and the cost is £5 for each dog. More information can be found on the official Rowan’s Hospice website, or by calling (023) 9223 7142.

More than 7,000 patients and family members have received support from The Rowan’s Hospice since it was established in 1994. This charity received recognition at last year’s Wessex Charity Awards and also scooped the prize for 2012’s Charity of the Year.