Step out for dog walk in aid of hospice

Julian and Emmy
Julian and Emmy

Hundreds of animal lovers will step out with TV star Julian Norton in Masham for what promises to be the biggest celebration of dogs and their owners the county has ever seen.

Julian, who stars in Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet, and his team will take part in Yorkshire’s Biggest Dog Walk on October 1 at 10am, a 5k sponsored stroll through the spectacular grounds of Swinton Estate, Masham.

The event, organised by Northallerton-based charity Herriot Hospice Homecare, not only offers walkers the opportunity to be part of a unique community experience, but helps to raise vital funds to care for families affected by terminal illness and bereavement in the North Yorkshire communities of Hambleton and Richmondshire.

Julian will be walking with his Jack Russell, Emmy. He said: “Emmy and I are really looking forward to seeing so many dogs of all shapes and sizes flying the flag for Yorkshire.

“The Yorkshire Vet team is really excited to be involved in the event, which is set to be a perfect day out for the whole family, with the pets we are so passionate about front and centre.

“As someone who lives and works in the North Yorkshire community, I understand the difference organisations like Herriot Hospice Homecare make to local families, and would urge people taking part to get behind this very special charity.”

Chief Executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare, Tony Collins, said: “One of the things that matters most to so many people at the end of their lives is being able to stay in their own home; to be surrounded by the people and things that they hold dear; to sleep in their own bed; to be treated with compassion and respect, and to know that help and support is on hand for their family, friends and carers.

“Herriot Hospice Homecare makes this possible, with services provided in people’s own homes across the North Yorkshire communities of Hambleton and Richmondshire.

“This year the charity marks 25 years providing hospice care to local families, and we’re asking walkers to raise £25 as a birthday gift to help Herriot continue to provide the services local families need, want and deserve.”

Entry is £5 per dog. Walkers are encouraged to sign up early to avoid disappointment. Search ‘Yorkshire’s Biggest Dog Walk’ at www.eventbrite.co.uk.