Charity dog-walkers lead the way


DOGS of all shapes and sizes turned out in force to help raise cash for the Heald Green based St Ann’s Hospice.

More than 250 pet pooches took their lead by joining the inaugural dog walk Paws for St Ann’s at Manchester’s Heaton Park.

The charity is still counting the cash, but hopes that the 5 km walk, will have raised thousands of pounds in sponsorship for Greater Manchester’s largest adult hospice.

Monty, a West Highland terrier, went along with owner Fiona Troup, a staff nurse at Heald Green.

Fiona, from Woodsmoor, said: “It was a great chance to show off our lovely dogs and help raise funds for St Ann’s. As a nurse, I know it takes a lot of money to run the hospice and I’m lucky enough to see first-hand how much our services mean to the people we support.”

Stalls, games and grooming stations ensured dogs did not get too hot under the collar. Rev Canon Ian Anthony, wears a dog collar for his work and went along to the event with his daughter Hannah Edwards and son-in-law Karl Edwards, plus their two dogs Betsy and Charlie.

Ian is a volunteer chaplain at St Ann’s Hospice and Karl volunteers on the ward at the hospice site at Little Hulton.

Organiser Mandy Pope said:  “The day was such a success that I’m sure we’ll be organising another dog walk next year. We’d like to thank all dog lovers for their support and, of course, our canine friends for coming along and helping raise vital funds for the hospice.”