Winter Walkies 2020

Sunday 23rd February 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
St Clare Hospice

Puppy love is in the air at St Clare!

Our annual Winter Walkies 5k pooch parade will be taking place at the hospice in Hastingwood on Sunday 23rd February 2020 and more than 200 walkers and their furry friends are expected to support the fundraiser.

St Clare Hospice’s Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, is organising the event and said: “This year marks the 14th time the Hospice has hosted the event and it is as popular as ever! The 2019 walk saw 250 walkers and their dogs take part, and we are hoping even more people register for 2020.”

Emma continued: “Anyone is welcome to join us on this rural route across the beautiful Essex countryside – whether you are a dog owner or not. Just remember your wellies as it is likely there will be plenty of muddy feet and paws. It is such a great event – you’d be barking mad to miss it!”

As part of the event’s launch the hospice is once again hosting the ever-popular ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ – and we are calling on local pet-owners to enter their favourite photograph of their pet to win a hamper of doggy goodies and the chance to officially start the Winter Walkies event.

Voting for the St Clare ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th January 2020 on our Facebook and Instagram page. All entries are due by 12noon on Friday 17th January and entrants must have registered for Winter Walkies 2020 in order to be eligible for the competition.


You can register on the day from 10am at the Hospice.

Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children, which includes a free soup, dog rosette and certificates for children. Please be aware that the route is not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Epping-based vets, Forest Veterinary Centre.

For more information and to register, call Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754, email or click here!

Katie Clarke Veterinary Physiotherapy

Katie Clarke will be joining us at Winter Walkies this year. She will be offering dog massages in return for a donation to St Clare. If you would like your dog to have a massage, you require permission from your vet, please complete the form and bring it with you on the day, download here –  Katie Clarke Vet Physio Veterinary Permission form

Cutest Canine Competition

Our Cutest Canine Competition is back this January 2020!

Is your pooch positively perfect? Is your dog dazzling? Is your cuddly companion the cutest? Is your furry friend the fairest of them all? If the answer to these questions is a resounding ‘yes,’ then, why not enter your pup into the contest!? If your dog is crowned the winner, they’ll be leading the pack at Winter Walkies in February, and will also receive a hamper full of doggy treats.

Here’s how it works: 

St Clare’s Cutest Canine competition takes place across our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), where local people and hospice ‘followers’ can vote for who they think is the ‘cutest canine’ by ‘liking’ their favourite photo out of a gallery of doggy snaps.

All you need to do to enter the competition is:

  1. Register for the Winter Walkies event at
  2. Email a picture of your marvelous mutt and a brief description of your pet (including name, breed and age) to by 6pm on Sunday 19th January 2020 to go forward to the public vote.
  3. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your pet when the gallery of all the competition entrants is published on the St Clare Facebook and Instagram channels on Monday 20th January 2020. The dog that receives the most ‘Likes’ when voting closes at 12noon on Friday 24th January 2020 will be named the winner.

The winning dog and their owner will be invited to officially launch the Winter Walkies event on Sunday 23rd February 2020 at 11am, and will also receive a hamper of doggy goodies. The event is taking place at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX.*

All entrants to the Cutest Canine Competition must have registered for Winter Walkies 2020 in order to be eligible to enter.

*If you are a previous winner of the St Clare Cutest Canine competition, you cannot enter the same dog again.

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