In support of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) National Walking Month campaign, 10 employees and eight dogs from raw dog food manufacturer, Poppy’s Picnic, took on a 10 mile walk in the local Wiltshire countryside to raise funds for the cardiovascular health charity.
Employees of the Melksham-based company took part in an extended lunch time walk, which included a picnic break, in support of the BHF which seeks to make life changing differences for people with heart and circulatory diseases.
The foundation funds over £100m of research each year, enabling those with existing conditions to seek successful treatments to lead longer and happier lives.
Poppy’s Picnic founder, Dylan Watkins, said: “Many of us have had family and friends affected by heart disease. Knowing our donation will contribute to life-saving research around the disease responsible for a quarter of deaths in the UK really spurred us on. 10 miles is nothing when you think about the journey that so many families go through for a loved one.
“Everyone was keen to get involved, even our 30 weeks pregnant head of VIP services joined us part of the way. We think she has a valid excuse for cheating. With the warmer months approaching, we’d encourage everyone to get out there. Even if you are a couch potato, you have to start somewhere and even those of us who are mostly desk bound all day were surprised at what we achieved.”
He added: “Plus, there’s now a great number of services such as Borrow My Doggy if you are in need of a companion. We will be encouraging all of our customers to take part and share their walks on social media.”