Whalley company takes the lead on Rosemere charity dog walk

Owners of pooches are being invited to take part in a charity dog walk a week on Sunday (September 20th) in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 12:30 pm

The scenic 3.5km walk over fields and through woodland is on private land belonging to country store Whalley Corn Mills, of Mitton Road, Whalley.

For more than 15 years, the business has held an annual autumn family fun day for the charity, but this year, to keep in line with social distancing measures, decided to focus on a dog walk after it proved popular when introduced as an element of its last year’s event.

Whalley Corn Mills manager, Pam Floyd, said: “We are set in 150 acres of beautiful countryside. The route we will take crosses a Roman road and we pass the base of a Roman cross. It takes about an hour-and-a-half to complete, but it’s possible to loop back should that be a bit far for anyone or their dog.

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Whalley Corn Mills’ dog walk last year, which is the focus of its socially-distanced Rosemere Cancer Foundation fundraising this year

“Everyone taking part last year really enjoyed it. We have loads of space, it’s outdoors and we plan to stagger the start so hopefully, we’ll have lots of people join us with many then staying on for our very popular family fun dog show later in the day.”

Anyone wanting to join the walk can register by telephoning Whalley Corn Mills on 01254 822686 or by logging on to its Facebook page, Whalley Corns Mills Ltd. There is a £6.50 entry fee but that includes a breakfast sandwich and a hot drink, a goody bag sponsored by Burns Pet Nutrition and a medal on finishing.

The walk will start from 10am. The dog show is sponsored by canine feed company Vetspec, which is supplying a judge and prizes for the first to fourth placed dog in each of the show’s four classes, as well as a special prize for the dog judged best in show.

Pam said: "The show is a lot of fun. Its classes are based on the dogs that enter so there’s usually a puppy class and a seniors class, but we’ve also had a best trick class and the dog the judge would most like to take home class.

“There’s a small entry fee, but great prizes and we also have donations from our other suppliers for a raffle so that we can continue our support for Rosemere Cancer Foundation even in this very strange year.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.