Woof woof – 150 take their dogs on a day trip

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GOOD-HEARTED dog-walkers raised thousands for charity by taking their pets for a nine-kilometre hike.

The Sunday event began at The Hospice of St Francis in Shootersway, Berkhamsted, went down Pea Lane to Dudswell and along the Grand Union canal towpath to Cow Roast.

Hemel K9 9K Berkhamsted Lions Dog Walk'St Francis Hospice 10/04/11'Video and Pictures - N.Hazelwood'PICTURE: Ruby (10months) with Alison Montgomerie (hemel) and fellow dog walkers

Hemel K9 9K Berkhamsted Lions Dog Walk'St Francis Hospice 10/04/11'Video and Pictures - N.Hazelwood'PICTURE: Ruby (10months) with Alison Montgomerie (hemel) and fellow dog walkers

Then walkers went down footpaths to Norcott Hill Farm and to Toms Hill, then went back via tracks and lanes to Norcott Hill Farm and Dudswell.

Organiser Tony Bellamy, from the Berkhamsted Lions, said: “We are delighted that the Lions’ K9 9K has been so popular. It’s too soon to say exactly how much has been raised.

“But with over £4,000 pledged on the day and more to come, we expect the total, including gift aid, will reach £5,000.”

It will be split between the Hospice of St Francis and the Berkhamsted Lions Club Charitable Trust.

Sharon Farrelly from Watford raised more than £500 in sponsorship, and was presented with a hamper of dog treats for her efforts.

Tony thanked event sponsors Clark & Marshall and Walk the Dog, Bill Willett for preparing a footpath for the walk. He also thanked hospice staff and volunteers and his fellow Lions for their help.

> View www.berkhamstedtoday.co.uk for a video report of the event.