Walkers raise cash for St Michael's Hospice with a stroll around Earl of Portsmouth's Estate

Basingstoke Gazette: The Woofs and Wellies walkers The Woofs and Wellies walkers

HUNDREDS of walkers strolled around the private grounds of the Earl of Portsmouth’s Estate to raise money for a Basingstoke hospice.

The annual Woofs and Wellies event, which raised money for St Michael’s Hospice, in Aldermaston Road, attracted 250 people, many accompanied by their dogs.

Starting from Home Farm, in Farleigh Wallop, participants had the choice of a five-mile, eight-mile or challenging 12-mile walk, each with stunning views of the countryside.

Volunteers and staff from St Michael’s lined the routes to offer enthusiastic support to those taking part.

Chris Griffiths, marketing and events manager for the hospice, said: “We were delighted to see so many people taking part in this year’s Woofs and Wellies event.

“Although the weather was unsettled, we had a very successful day with over 250 people taking part, with many commenting on the incredible amount of beautiful bluebells that could be seen.”

It is hoped that Woofs and Wellies has raised £9,000 for the hospice, which will go towards the £3.6million annual running costs.

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