Date published: Friday 01 December 2017 | 11:43 GMT
Canine capers as St Clare launches Winter Walkies 2018
Puppy love is in the air at St Clare Hospice as registration officially opens for our annual Winter Walkies event.
The 5k pooch parade will be taking place at the Hastingwood-based hospice on Sunday 25th February 2018 and more than 300 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 12th time the Hospice has hosted the event and it is as popular as ever! The 2017 walk saw a record-breaking 350 owners and their dogs take part, and we are hoping even more people register for 2018.”
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 their ever-popular ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ – and the charity is 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 22nd to Friday 26th January 2018 on our Facebook page. All entries are due by 12noon on Friday 19th January and entrants must have registered for Winter Walkies 2018 in order to be eligible for the competition.
This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Epping-based vets, Forest Veterinary Centre.
Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children, which includes a free soup, dog rosette and certificates for children. Walkers can also sign up on the day. Please be aware that the route is not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.