Pedigree paws unite for charity

Throughout this week (12 - 18 September), pedigree owners, breeders, judges and exhibitors will be taking part in a series on sponosred walks as part of Pedigree Paws Unite. Walks will be taking place in all corners of the UK, covering 25 miles per day, split into five-mile sections. In total they'll cover 160 miles - the equivalent of six marathons - and all 217 Kennel Club recognised breeds are expected to participate.

The Chairman of the Kennel Club, Simon Luxmoore, joined other pedigree dog breeders on the first leg of a week-long sponsored walk which aims to raise £70,000 for seven charities.

Simon says, "Walking a dog is one of life’s great pleasures, so being able to do it while raising money for charity is a double pleasure. It’s a huge feat of organisation getting all 217 pedigree dog breeds involved in an event of this size, so I feel sure dog lovers will get behind this great effort and prove what generous, kind and committed folk they truly are."

Organiser Gavin Robertson’s aim is to raise funds, while at the same time promoting pedigree dogs and exhibitors and showing them in a good light. Gavin, who handled the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, Jilly, to the Best in Show award at Crufts in 2013, organised Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt, a sponsored walk from Birmingham to London in summer 2013, which raised £49,000 for charity.

This year's walk is being organised for the Peek A Boo Trust, a charity established shortly after the completion of Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt to raise funds to support children’s and canine charities. The money raised will be split between the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, PACT Sheffield, Make a Wish, Ty Hafan, Dog A.I.D, the Cinnamon Trust, and the Search and Rescue Dog Association.

Events will take place at Kennet and Avon Canal, near Bath; Monmouth and Brecon Canal, near Abergavenny; Lancaster Canal, near Preston; the Lagan and Lough Cycle Way from Lisburn to Jordanstown; the Union Canal, near Edinburgh; and at Darlington championship dog show at Ripon Racecourse.

Donations to the walk can be made online by clicking the link on the Pedigree Paws Unite website.