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St Clare Hospice Rescheduled Winter Walkies event

Sunday, May 23, 2021 -
10:00am to 1:00pm

St Clare reschedules a less muddy Winter Walkies… taking place this Spring!

Puppy love is in the air at St Clare Hospice as registration officially opens for the charity’s rescheduled annual Winter Walkies event.

The 5k pooch parade will be taking place at the Hastingwood-based hospice on Sunday 23rd May 2021 – having been postponed due to COVID since February. The event promises to be a lot less muddy and wintry – and more than 200 walkers and their furry friends are expected to support the fundraiser.

St Clare Hospice’s Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, is organising the event and said: “This year marks the 15th time the Hospice has hosted the event and for the first time ever it will be taking place in the Spring, not the Winter! The up-side to having to postpone the event from February is that we will hopefully be swapping muddy paws and cold weather, for sunny Spring conditions. The 2020 walk saw 160 walkers and their dogs take part, and we are hoping even more people register for 2021. We’ll be making sure to follow all the current Covid-secure measures, so that the event can go ahead safely.”

Emma continued: “Everyone is welcome to join us on this rural route across the beautiful Essex countryside – whether you are a dog owner or not. Just remember to wear suitable footwear as the route is on grass paths. It is such a great event – you’d be barking mad to miss it!”

As part of the event’s launch the hospice is once again hosting their ever-popular ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ – and the charity is calling on local pet-owners to enter their favourite photograph of their pet to win a hamper of doggy goodies and the chance to officially start the Winter Walkies event. Voting for the St Clare ‘Cutest Canine Competition’ will run from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd April 2021 on the charity’s Facebook and Instagram pages. All entries are due by 12noon on Friday 16th April and entrants must have registered for Winter Walkies 2021 in order to be eligible for the competition.

Registration costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and £27.50 for a family (2 adults & 2 children) which includes a free soup, dog rosette and certificates for children. Walkers can also sign up on the day. Please be aware that the route is not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Epping-based vets, Forest Veterinary Centre.

For more information and to register, call Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754, email  or see

St Clare Hospice