Healthy hounds - and podgy pooches in need of a workout - are invited to put their best paw forward for charity.
The organisers of the YEP-backed Starlight Hike at Temple Newsam Park are recruiting an army of canine fundraisers for this year’s event.
It’s the first time the twilight walk is open to man’s best friend. The 10k walk raises money for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.
Organiser Joseph Clark-Bland said: “It has been a long-standing rule at our walking events that dogs weren’t allowed, and over the years we’ve turned down hundreds of participants who wanted to bring their canine companions. So we thought this year, why not? The more the merrier!”
He said there had already been a “fantastic” response, with a flurry of registrations from participants of both the four-legged and two-legged variety.
Among the human/animal teams setting off on the walk from 10pm on Saturday, September 28 will be a group of friends from Harden and their pets. Sheila Shenton, who will be doing the Starlight Hike with her bassett hound Betty, said: “I’m pleased that dogs were allowed the join the Starlight Hike this year. I love walking, but I always take Betty with me. So when I found out she could come along, I knew there would be lots of my friends and their dogs who would love to get involved.”
Dogs can sign up free and there will be a prize for the dog that raises the most sponsorship, courtesy of Monster Pet Supplies in Leeds.
STARLIGHT HIKE FACTS
The aim of the Startlight Hike is to raise £50,000.
This year, it will cost over £4m to run Wheatfields. With 47 per cent funded by the NHS, £2.1m still needs to be generated through donations and fundraising events.
To take part in this year’s event, register online at: www.sueryder.org/StarlightHike
The entry fee is £15 for adults, or free for under-16s.
Yorkshire Evening Post readers can use the code “YEP” when signing up online to get 2-for-1 entry.