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This weekend, Scarsdale Vets in Derby invites locals and their four-legged friends to join their charity dog walk – ‘Woofs and Walkies’ – around Derby, raising money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The walk, which is part of the first Derby Walking Festival, will take place on Sunday 19th May, beginning at Pride Veterinary Centre on Derby’s Pride Park. Registration starts from 9.30am, with the walk starting at 10.30am. Walkers and their furry friends will then walk a 3.5 mile route down the canal path, around Alvaston Park and back to Pride Veterinary Centre, where a fun day will be held in the afternoon. So far, 70 people have registered for this event, which is open to all and is suitable for a range of fitness levels. Those without a dog are also very welcome to join in!

There is a suggested donation of £2 per dog for the walk, with all money raised being given to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Upon completion of the walk, there will be goody bags and certificates given to four-legged friends.

After the walk, Scarsdale Vets is hosting a fun day which will run from 12-3pm. There will be a variety of stalls and activities taking place, including: a bouncy castle, ice cream, a wildlife workshop, food, games and a raffle. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People will be at the fun day to thank those who have taken part and to explain what they do as a charity and how any money raised will help their cause.

Vicky Ryan, Community Fundraising Area Manager – Midlands, South West and South Wales, at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People says, “The Hearing Dogs for Deaf People volunteers are very much looking forward to getting involved with this very exciting event. The walk and fun day will be a great day out and we look forward to seeing everyone there. We are really grateful to Scarsdale Vets for supporting us and to Move More Derby for getting us involved.”

Woofs and Walkies will kick start Move More Derby’s first ever walking festival. It’s set to be a celebration of walking with a variety of routes throughout Derby and will run from Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th May. The Move More initiative is run by Derby City Council, and is designed to encourage the people of Derby to walk more and to become healthier.

Katie West, Move More Coordinator, at Derby City Council says, “Move More Derby is delighted to collaborate with a local business for such a good cause. We think that Woofs and Walkies will be a brilliant way to bring people together and promote walking, whilst raising money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. We hope everyone involved will enjoy getting out, getting active and getting together.”

Susan Wilkinson, Marketing Manager at Scarsdale Vets adds, “We are thrilled to be a part of Derby’s very first walking festival and want to encourage as many owners and their dogs to take part in Woofs and Walkies as possible. It’s great to support a pet-based charity, particularly Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as we have a significant deaf community in this area.”

To book your place for Woofs and Walkies in advance, register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/woofs-and-walkies-tickets-56788480875

More information about Derby Walking Festival can be found here: inderby.org.uk/walkingfestival

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