Fund-raising dog walk on York Knavesmire raises £1,800

The fifth annual ‘Keep your pet’ Dog Walk on the Knavesmire on 7th May broke all records. In brilliant sunshine the event was attended by more than 120 dogs & more than 200 people, with the total raised exceeding £1,800.

This year’s event was special in that ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP) had been selected as one of the Lord Mayor’s charities for 2017/18 and the event was run jointly with the two other Lord Mayor’s charities – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People & Refugee Action York. The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Barbara Boyce, opened the proceedings and started the walk.

For the first time this year there was live music, provided by local groups ‘Dynamics’ and ‘Strewth’, also a Hearing Dogs demonstration, competitions including ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘sit for a sausage’, and dog portraits by professional artists. The home-made cakes and savouries drew a queue and the books, crafts and toys sold briskly.

Chair of KYP Keith Martin said:

“This is our major fund-raising event of the year and this year the proceeds will be shared with the other two Lord Mayor’s charities: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Refugee Action York. It was a fun day with a lovely atmosphere and the sun was a bonus ! We find that our supporters are travelling from a wider area each year and the reputation of the event is really growing.”

The next event will be at West Bank Park Fair on 24th June.

For further information, call 07592 547326, or email keepyourpet@ageukyork.org.uk

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