Hundreds of hounds in Havering hospice hike

Hundreds of happy hounds and their owners took part in a sponsored dog walk for St Francis Hospice.

Around 450 people and 400 dogs of all sizes and breeds joined the second Woofs and Wellies event in Hainault Forest, Ilford, on Sunda - raising nearly �15,000 for patient care at the hospice.

Highlights included a demonstration from the Delta Dog Display Team, and a Companion Dog Show, which saw dogs winning prizes for classes such as ‘dog with the waggiest tail’.

All participants received a medal, a certificate and a goody bag.

David and Janice Rowat, from Romford, walked with their daughter Tina Jackson, and their Battersea rescue dogs Della and Flossy.

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David said: “The hospice is a fantastic cause, and as it relies so much on fundraising it’s been a pleasure to take part today and contribute. Della has received over �120 in sponsorship so far, which she is very pleased with! It’s been a lovely way to spend our Sunday while helping a local charity.”

Glennis Wright, 65, from Lowshoe Lane, Collier Row, took part with her sister Tracy Bailey and her daughters, as well as her granddaughter Natasha, seven, and dog Eddie an Airedale Terrier.

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Glennis said: “A family friend was looked after by St Francis Hospice and their family thought the care and support they received was wonderful. The hospice helps provide dignity and comfort to people at their time of need and I’m glad to support such a good cause.

“We had a great time at Woofs and Wellies. Eddie was in the back of the car and as we pulled up and saw the hundreds of dogs he went crazy, he thought it was great!”

Another sponsored dog walk Wags and Tails is planned at Ingatestone Hall, Brentwood, on September 25.

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