Dog walkers take the lead for charity

NAWN110327 Charity dog walk.  Jenny Manley of St Gemma's Hospice, Marjorie Black (Dog and Kitty Rescue), organiser Richie Wormersley (Dog Walker) and Nathalie Tasker with Tammy .110327AMa
NAWN110327 Charity dog walk. Jenny Manley of St Gemma's Hospice, Marjorie Black (Dog and Kitty Rescue), organiser Richie Wormersley (Dog Walker) and Nathalie Tasker with Tammy .110327AMa

DOG lovers in Wetherby have raised more than £1,000 for charity after taking part in a sponsored dog walk.

The event, which was organised by Richie Womersley, director of the Dog Walker Yorkshire Ltd, saw 50 dogs and their owners take part in the event to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice and Knine and Kitty Care - a rehoming centre for abandoned cats and dogs - on Sunday March 27.-

NAWN110327 Charity dog walk. Andrew Barbosa, Tamara Barbosa, Cerys Jones(6), Owain Jones(3) ,  Sarah Jones and Molly the dog 110327AMc

NAWN110327 Charity dog walk. Andrew Barbosa, Tamara Barbosa, Cerys Jones(6), Owain Jones(3) , Sarah Jones and Molly the dog 110327AMc

The walk, which started at the Old Station Carpark on Linton Road in Wetherby, was such a success that organiser Richie Womersley is hoping to mark the event annually in the calendar.

He said: “The day went unbelievably well and I am so grateful to the people of Wetherby who came out and helped us. The event went swimmingly and everyone was very good at picking up after their dogs, and keeping them on their leads. This was our first year and we could not have asked for a better turn out.

“We will definitely be doing the event next year now and I am looking forward to it already. We have also helped two great causes and I am just so grateful to everyone who took part”

All dogs that took part received a free worming treatment, goodie bag and certificate. In total around £1200 was raised on the day.

NAWN110327 Charity dog walk. Richie Wormersley, Lorraine Airth and John Wormersley on the walk.110327AMb

NAWN110327 Charity dog walk. Richie Wormersley, Lorraine Airth and John Wormersley on the walk.110327AMb

Prizes were given away for the three biggest fundraisers. Ann Gardner, believed to be a Wetherby resident, won the top prize of a pampered dog grooming session at the Show off Dog grooming, professional dog groomers in Thorp Arch.

sarah.dawson@ypn.co.uk