Four-legged pals take part in walk

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Walkers turned out in force with their canine companions to take part in a fundraising Wags and Wellies walk.

The three-and-a-half mile walk, which was being held for the third time, set off from the Bluebell Inn, Gretton, yesterday morning.

It was held to raise cash for Lakelands Hospice in Corby.

Anita Northern, of Oakley Vale, Corby, did the walk with her dog Maddy.

She said: “I’d never done the walk before. It was a lovely day and Lakelands is definitely a good cause to raise some money for.”

Carleigh Wishart, of The Lawns, Corby, took her dog Miffy on the Wags and Wellies walk.

She said: “I did it last year and it was horrible, rainy and muddy, but this year it was very pleasant.

“I did the Lakelands skydive last year, this was a little bit more tame.

“It’s a charity close to my heart.”

Jolene Hughes, of Oakley Vale, Corby, took her dog Elvis along. She said: “I hadn’t done the walk before but they put posters up where I work so I thought ‘why not?’.

“I thought it was a lovely little idea.”

Paul Marlow, community fundraiser at Lakelands Hospice, said: “This was the third annual Wags and Wellies. It’s a family activity and it’s a walk in beautiful countryside which is often under-appreciated.

“This year we had a fantastic response with the numbers on the day and in sponsorship. Prior to the event we had raised over £600 in sponsorship.

“We are hoping it will be a record breaking year in terms of turn-out and funds raised for the hospice.”