Winter Walkies: St Clare Hospice hoping to be able to stage its fur-miliar canine fundraiser
2020 was a ruff year for St Clare Hospice, but the charity is keeping its paws crossed that its annual Winter Walkies fundraiser will be allowed to go ahead.
The charity is inviting families to take their dogs for a 5k (3.1-mile) stroll through the west Essex countryside around its Hastingwood hospice on Sunday February 28.
The pooch parade will start and finish at the site right by junction 7 of the M11 on the outskirts of Harlow. It is hoped that more than 200 walkers and their furry friends will be able to support the money-spinner.
St Clare events fundraiser Emma Broadbent said: “This year marks the 15th time the hospice has hosted the event and it is as popular as ever. The 2020 walk saw 160 walkers and their dogs take part, and we're hoping even more people register for 2021.
“We’ll be making sure to follow all the current Covid-secure measures so that the event can go ahead safely.”
Everyone is welcome to take on the rural route – even if they do not own a dog. Supporters are advised to wear wellies as the path gets very muddy underfoot and is unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Registration costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and £27.50 for a family (two adults and two children), which includes a free soup, dog rosette and certificates for children. Walkers can sign up on the day. For more information, visit stclarehospice.org.uk/event/winterwalkies.
As part of the event, the hospice is hosting its popular Cutest Canine Competition. Owners are invited to enter their favourite photo of their pet to win a hamper of doggy goodies and the chance to lead the Winter Walkies event.
Voting for the cutest canine will run from Monday to Friday, January 18-22 on the charity’s Facebook and Instagram pages. All entries are due by 12 noon on Friday (Jan 15). Entrants must have registered for Winter Walkies 2021 to be eligible for the competition.