Midlands children’s charity, Acorns Children’s Hospice, is calling on not only the humans but dogs too, to put their best paw forward as it announces the return of its furry fundraising event.
The Acorns Dog Walk will see hundreds of fundraising pooches and their owners descend on Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham on Sunday 17 May. Organisers hope to raise £20,000 towards the charity’s vital work providing care for life-limited and life-threatened children and support for their families.
Th event is suitable for dogs and owners of all ages and abilities with the choice of a scenic 3km stroll or 6km walk. There will be plenty of activities on the day and all dogs who complete the route will receive a special rosette. Registration costs £5 per dog and sponsorship money raised will help Acorns fund the more than £8 million per year it costs to continue its work.
Ian Carr, events manager at Acorns, said: “We’re so pleased to be bringing back this wonderful, fun event for another year. Canine companions can help raise essential funds, which we rely on to help local children who are in need of specialist care and their families who need support.”
Ian added: “Whether you’ve got a bulldog or a Chihuahua, it’s a great sight to see dogs of all shapes and sizes take part and for such a good cause. We hope lots of people and pets will be able to join us on the day.”
In the last year Acorns has supported over 700 children and more than 1,050 families, including those who are bereaved. Acorns offers a range of support services to families across the Midlands in its three hospices in Birmingham (Selly Oak), Walsall and Worcester, and through community teams who offer support at home.
To sign up to the Acorns Dog Walk, visit www.acorns.org.uk/dogwalk or call 01564 825 023.