Romford Pictures: Dog day afternoon for Havering hospice as pooches put through paces
12:00 14 May 2014
Fundraisers and their canine companions stepped out on a windy day and have helped boost funds for patient care by joining Saint Francis Hospice’s sponsored dog walk.
The hospice’s fifth Woof and Wellies dog walk was supported with around 200 dogs of all sizes and their owners and friends at Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster, on Sunday.
It is hoped their efforts have raised more than £6,000 for the specialist free care services the hospice provides local people affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness.
Highlights of the day included displays of heelwork to music by Canine Performers, a chance to have-a-go at an agility course aided by members of AJAX dog display team and meet two American Miniature horses from Alamanda Therapy.
Inpatient Unit nurse Connie Sillett took to the course with daughter Louisa and dogs Teddy and Scout.
Connie said: “I know just how important and valued hospice care is to the patients and families both through my job as a nurse and personal experience of the care my mother-in-law received before she sadly died in February 2013.”
Mother and daughter Sinead and Kirsty Nunn, from West Horndon, joined the walk with their dog Poppy.
“The hospice cared for my mother-in-law before she sadly died in November and the care was amazing,” said Sinead.
Father and daughter Andrew and Charlotte Kavanagh, from Ilford, took along Jack Russell Millie. Andrew said: “This is our second hospice dog walk and we enjoyed it and are pleased to do our bit to support Saint Francis Hospice.”
Natasha Rae, from Romford, went along with her dog Timmy and said: “It was nice to do something with your dog while supporting a good cause.”
Event organiser Katy Woodgate thanked the volunteers, Bernese Working Cart Group and stall holders, which included Doggie Delights, Creature Comforts and Wylie Veterinary Centre, which has practices in Hornchurch and Upminster.
Saint Francis Hospice has a range of walks, thrill-seeking challenges, quiz nights and other events planned this year during its 30th anniversary and to find out more or other ways you can support the charity please visit www.sfh.org.uk email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 771427.