Calling all canine lovers
Can your pooch help us walk, jog or run our way to raising £20,000 for NHS mental health and learning disability services?
Dog owners across Sussex are being asked to support the first ever local NHS Woof for Wards – a sponsored 5km or 10km walk, jog or run.
Organised by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s official Charity Heads On, Woof for Wards is a new take on its annual Walk for Wards event which sees hundreds of people sign up to either run, walk or jog a sponsored 5km or 10km, raising tens of thousands of pounds for local NHS mental health and learning disability services.
This year the Trust is opening up the event to dogs as well as human to create Woof for Wards 2019.
Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Glynde Estate in East Sussex on Saturday, 18 May, it’s thought this is the first ever local NHS sponsored dog walk. The event hopes to raise £20,000 for local mental health and learning disability services.
But you don’t have to have a dog to register to take part – everyone is welcome!
People can sign up at here.
Sarah Walker, Heads On Fundraising Officer, said: “Our annual Walk for Wards event is a great family day out, with registration fees just £10 for an adult, £5 for a child or £25 for a group of two adults and two children and this year we’re delighted to be able to do Woof for Wards as well.
“If you’ve got a dog, they’re going to need a walk, so why not combine the two by giving them a great stroll out in a beautiful part of the county whilst raising some money for your local NHS mental health services as well? You can actually choose which ward or service you want to fundraise for and help us reach our £20,000 target.
Sarah added: “At Heads On we do everything we can to make things better for the people who come to Sussex Partnership for help, by providing funding for special projects, patient and family support, pioneering research and the transformation of local mental health hospitals into more comfortable and welcoming environments. Money raised from this event really does make all the difference to people. Last year’s event funded projects including refurbishment of family rooms, art therapy sessions, a Heads On mural project and hospital garden makeovers.”
All entrants receive a fabulous Heads On purple t-shirt, a medal, tea/coffee/soft drink and cake at the end and an all-important fundraising pack.
Sam Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be there on the day with her dog Lola and added: “It is always wonderful to see people who use our services, our staff and the communities we serve come together for our annual Walk for Wards event. This year I’m even more excited that we can offer Woof for Wards as well. We now have so many therapy dogs on our wards supporting our patients and service users as they recover so I’m delighted they and all other dog owners can join us.
“The sponsorship money raised by everyone who takes part in the event is used to make a real difference to the lives of our patients, their families and their carers, day in and day out.”
The 2019 Walk and Woof for Wards event:
Date: Saturday 18 May 2019
Time: 10:30am (check in 9 - 10am)
Venue: Glynde Estates, Glynde, East Sussex, BN8 6SX
Sign up here or by call 07469 351 456.
For more information about Heads on visit www.headsoncharity.org
Please note: All dogs on the day must be walked on a lead and all dog mess picked up by owners.
Last updated on 01 March 2019.
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