Woofs and Wellies gets tails wagging as dogs urged to join in

From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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Portsmouth friends to tackle 101-mile walk for man with cancer

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CANINE companions of all shapes and sizes are invited to take part in a charity walk to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

Due to popular demand, the Purbrook hospice is organising a second Woofs and Wellies event this year.

Launch of the Rowans second Woofs and Wellies fundraiser in August''''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131704-1)

Launch of the Rowans second Woofs and Wellies fundraiser in August''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131704-1)

The sponsored walk will again be held at Stansted Park in Rowlands Castle and will give dog-lovers the opportunity to walk their pooches around just under four miles of the grounds.

The first Woofs and Wellies took place in March this year – with 200 dogs and their owners taking part.

But many had to be turned away, so now a second has been put on.

This time there is capacity for 400 dogs.

Ruth White, chief executive of the hospice, said: ‘The first event was so incredibly well-organised by our events fundraising team and Stansted Park that it’s given us the confidence to hold a bigger version.

‘This is something different, and people enjoy it. It’s not a long walk and there’s lovely countryside around to look at. I encourage people to sign up.’

And one of the walkers taking part will be Carrie Hands.

The 62-year-old of The Keep, Portchester, has signed up Nyima, an 18-week-old Tibetan terrier and Will, 10, a labrador-alsatian cross.

Mrs Hands said: ‘The walk is a brilliant idea and supports a brilliant hospice.

‘The Rowans does a wonderful job and that’s why I support them.’

The event will be sponsored by veterinary clinic Sanctuary Vets, which is on the Mountbatten Estate, Jackson Close, Farlington.

Scott Crae, head vet and owner of the hospital, said: ‘We’re delighted to once more be involved with Woofs and Wellies, supporting a cause which is close to all of our hearts.

‘We know what great comfort pets can be to both old and young, and the invaluable part they play in being members of our family.’

The event takes place on Sunday, August 11,

It costs £5 per dog to register, and each dog owner is asked to raise a sponsorship target of at least £15.

Registration runs until August 2.

To find out more, call (023) 9223 7142, or to register online, go to rowanshospice.co.uk.