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Dog walkers brave torrents for hospice

Woofs and Wellies. Overgate Hospice held its first ever sponsored dog walk, setting off from Todmorden Health Centre.

Woofs and Wellies. Overgate Hospice held its first ever sponsored dog walk, setting off from Todmorden Health Centre.

There were plenty of pooches and puddles in the upper Calder Valley on Sunday as dogs and their owners braved the elements for a charity fundraising event.

The inaugural “Woofs and Wellies” walk saw many people join their four-legged friends for a stroll around Todmorden to raise funds for Overgate Hospice.

Despite the torrential rain, 95 people arrived at the starting point outside Todmorden Health Centre and completed the route, which took walkers to Bridgeholme Cricket Club and back.

Jo Sygrove, Overgate Hospice corporate fundraiser, said it was an “absolutely brilliant day” which had raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

“Ninety-five people turned up in that horrendous weather and they all had a smile on their face,” she said.

“We were really pleased with it.”

The eight-mile route was cancelled due to the rain making conditions up at Stoodley Pike treacherous, so everybody completed the four-mile route instead.

Jo thanked the cricket club for its hospitality and allowing use of the clubhouse as a meeting point.

The “Woofs and Wellies” walk is the latest in a series of events in the upper Calder Valley aimed at boosting support in the area for the hospice.

A “Light up a Life” event was held at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, before Christmas, and last month the first Overgate Zumbathon took place at Todmorden Sports Centre.

More events are planned for the future, including a “Rainbow Ribbons” event in the summer.

“We’ve had an absolutely brilliant response,” Jo said.

“Everybody has been really supportive and I think they appreciate the outreach.

“There is definitely lots of room to grow.”

 

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