A KNARESBOROUGH couple will be taking the lead at a charity dog walk in memory of friends and loyal companions.

Bernice Brammer and her husband are taking part in Woofs and Wellies on Sunday March 4, in aid of Saint Michael’s, with members of their pack of Italian Greyhounds.

It has been a challenging 12 months for the retired couple who lost six friends and four dogs in 2011.

So for Bernice, a retired nurse at Harrogate District Hospital, raising money for Saint Michael’s and taking the dogs out for a sponsored walk with friends at Stockeld Park, in Wetherby, seems the perfect way to pay tribute.

She said: “The Woofs and Wellies event sounds like it will be great fun for us and the dogs and we will walk together in memory of the friends we have lost.

“It will be a nice tribute to take part in the walk and raise money for Saint Michael’s, who do so much great work for people in Knaresborough.

“We will be walking with friends who themselves have three dogs so we will certainly be making a noise, but we are very much looking forward to it.”

Money raised from the sponsored dog walk will go to help people in the Harrogate district who are living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Entry to Woofs and Wellies is £6 for adults and free for under 16s until January 31, 2012 and then £4 afterwards.

The event will be the first time dogs have been permitted to Wetherby’s Stockeld Park.

All walkers will begin along the same route and will then fork off along either the 2.5km or 5km tracks so participants can make their decision as they go.

Saint Michael’s needs £3.9m each year to maintain its current level of service. More than 80 per cent of this figure has to be raised by the community through gifts left by people in their wills, general donations and fundraising events like Woofs and Wellies.

The event, which is sponsored for the second year running by Knaresborough’s Forest House Veterinary Surgery, will begin at 10am on Sunday March 4, 2012 and registration will close on Friday February 24, 2012.

To register your place contact Saint Michael’s on (01423) 879 687 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Ready for action: Bernice with Italian Greyhounds Raife, Wispa, Phoebe and Nero.

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