Pet lovers and their pooches enjoy charity walk for The Rowans Hospice

From left, Lois Baw, Pam Butler, Holly Baw and Anya Butler with their dogs Cooper and Arnie Picture: Allan Hutchings (151741-012)
From left, Lois Baw, Pam Butler, Holly Baw and Anya Butler with their dogs Cooper and Arnie Picture: Allan Hutchings (151741-012)

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  • More than 250 dogs and their owners walked through Stansted Park for charity
  • In its third year, the Woofs and Wellies event was big success
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DOGS of all shapes and sizes took part in a walk for charity.

More than 250 pooches, some dressed in Christmas coats, and their owners walked 4km for The Rowans Hospice Woofs and Wellies event.

The fundraiser, which is in its third year, took dog walkers and their pets through the grounds of Stansted Park, near Rowlands Castle.

Neighbours Abigail Turnell and Deborah Robinson were taking part for the first time.

They brought along yellow Labrador Bella and Irish water spaniel Rosie.

Abigail said: ‘I was really looking forward to the walk in the morning.

From left, Sophia Lloyd, Sara Lloyd, David King, Joseph Lloyd and Niki King with their dogs Paris, Hector and Leander Picture: Allan Hutchings (151741-021)

From left, Sophia Lloyd, Sara Lloyd, David King, Joseph Lloyd and Niki King with their dogs Paris, Hector and Leander Picture: Allan Hutchings (151741-021)

‘It is for a fantastic cause which is close to my heart.

Abigail’s parents were both cared for by The Rowans Hospice.

She added: ‘The Rowans is excellent. They are so lovely and extremely helpful when they are caring for your loved ones.

‘The work they do is just amazing so I was happy to support them.’

We have 260 dogs which is the most we have ever had so it is fantastic.

Karen Kay

Vicki Clements and Gareth Eddington, from Havant, went along with their Labrador Leon. It was also their first time doing the walk.

Vicki said: ‘The Rowans is really important to me so I wanted to take part in the walk.

‘I think it is great that they do so many events which cater for everyone.’

Last year’s walk raised £8,000 and organiser Karen Kay hopes they can beat that target.

‘This is a record breaker for us,’ she said.

‘We have 260 dogs which is the most we have ever had so it is fantastic.

‘This is the fourth walk we have done in three years and I think people like taking part because it is a fun community event and is something different.

‘The community and dog walkers can really come together and enjoy the morning.’