Dogs take a bow-wow to lead latest fundraising push by Rowans Hospice

ON THEIR BARKS Magda James, left, and Sheila Smith, volunteers from Pets As Therapy, with George the six-year-old greyhound and Scrappy the six-year-old Jack Russell, who are helping to open registration. Picture: Sarah Standing (13194-6751)
ON THEIR BARKS Magda James, left, and Sheila Smith, volunteers from Pets As Therapy, with George the six-year-old greyhound and Scrappy the six-year-old Jack Russell, who are helping to open registration. Picture: Sarah Standing (13194-6751)

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MAN’S best friend is being invited to take part in a charity walk for a hospice.

The Rowans Hospice has launched its latest fundraiser, called Woofs and Wellies.

The walk takes place on Sunday, March 17, in the grounds of Stansted Park, in Rowlands Castle.

Each dog participating in the walk will receive a doggy medal and doggy bag at the end.

Helping to start registration on the day at 10am will be dogs Scrappy, George and Pozo, who are part of the Pets as Therapy (Pat) scheme and regularly visit the Purbrook-hospice.

Ali Corbett, events fundraiser at The Rowans Hospice, said: ‘We’re really excited to introduce Woofs and Wellies – a new event for our four-legged friends and their human companions.

‘This will be a picturesque walk through areas of Stansted Park not normally open to the public.

‘We hope lots of dog walkers support this event. Thank you to Scrappy, George and Pozo for leading the way.’

Pat dogs and their volunteer owners bring therapy to many patients who like to play with the furry visitors.

It costs more than £4m each year to provide hospice care and to ensure the hospice building and grounds are well maintained. Although the hospice receives some financial help from the government and the NHS, each year around £3.8m needs to be fundraised.

This is how the hospice helped people in 2012:

· 367 patients were admitted to the hospice.

· 135 people attended the weekly day care service.

· 218 patients and their carers, who were moving from curative to palliative treatment, were introduced to a range of services and support.

· More than 300 people between the ages of 19 and 101 years have been supported through the hospice at home pilot service, allowing people to pass away in their homes if they choose to.

· 713 people received specialist bereavement care.

It costs £5 for each dog and they can bring along as many human companions as they like.

Pooches can also get their two-legged friends to sponsor them.

All dogs must be registered to take part. Visit rowanshospice.co.uk/booking or call the fundraising team on (023) 9223 8531.