Published on: Thursday 18 Feb 2016 at 16:10
Hagrid, the Guinness World Record holding dog, will be joining the pack at Winter Walkies!
St Clare Hospice’s annual Winter Walkies event is going to be graced by the presence of a Guinness World Record holder in the form of a canine legend. Hagrid, an 11 stone Leonberger from Harlow, will be lending his paws to this worthy local cause by stepping out on Sunday, February 28 for the 5k sponsored dog walk from our hospice in Hastingwood.
Hagrid, who is the current Guinness World Record holder for the most items caught by a dog in 30 seconds, paid a visit to St Clare Hospice back in January to meet and befriend some of our nurses and volunteers.
His furry charm rubbed off on the staff, including members of the Day Therapy team. Emily Stowe, the Day Therapy Manager, said: “It was wonderful that Hagrid came in to meet us and to know that he will be joining the pack at the Winter Walkies event. It’s going to be great fun, while at the same time helping St Clare to raise vital funds for our work supporting local families.”
Emily manages the Day Therapy team who provide a whole host of services, completely free of charge, for local people suffering from life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families. The team helps patients to live their life to the full, running activities including creativity workshops, symptom management, and emotional support groups. They even provide complementary therapy treatments with reflexology, massage and aromatherapy on offer!
Come and join Hagrid and the St Clare team at Winter Walkies and help make a real difference to the lives of people in need in your community. The event starts at 11am with a whole host of doggy-friendly fun and games, including a children’s quiz and dog competition, before the pooch parade sets off on the 5k route across the beautiful Essex countryside.
The procession of pets and their owners will be warmly greeted back at the Hospice with a complimentary cup of soup and a roll. Dog rosettes and treats will also be handed out afterwards, along with certificates for children.
Entry for Winter Walkies costs £10 for adults and £5 for children, or £27.50 for a family of four. Remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear as muddy feet and paws are likely!
If you and your dog would like to take part in St Clare’s Winter Walkies then book in advance here or call the fundraising team on 01279 773750.
Tickets will also be available on the day, so don’t miss out!