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Walk for Wag at Kielder and help to reduce loneliness in older people living across the North East

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Friday, 7th September 2018

Walk for Wag at Kielder and help to reduce loneliness in older people living across the North East

Local supporters and businesses are being urged to come together to ‘Walk for Wag’ at Kielder Water and Forest Park on 23rd and 24th September. 

Wag & Company North East Friendship Dogs, the only visiting dog charity to befriend elderly neighbours in their own homes as well as in care across the region, needs support to enable this vital service and is hoping the walk can raise more funds and build awareness.

The walks along the beautiful Lakeside are 10km, but also offer a 3km option.

The Sunday Walk has been so successful, that this year sees the launch of a new North East Business Walk the following day, Monday 24th September.

Northumbrian Water, Sage, Harvey & Hugo and the Newcastle Falcons are just some of the local companies already signed up.

This year Wag & Company is also honoured to be joined by the very special dogs from Northumbria Police Dog Section who are attending for the first time.

Since its launch in 2016, the charity has helped facilitate nearly 28,000 friend visits, with over 1,600 vulnerable North East people benefitting.

Diane Morton, charity Director, said: 'The Kielder Walk is a crucial source of funds for Wag & Company and we are grateful to Northumbrian Water for hosting it again this year and also for Arco's continued support.

'We were so lucky last year to have 133 walkers who raised over £13,000 for us; this covered a third of the costs needed to deliver our service. It was also a great, fun day in a spectacular setting.'

There is no entry fee and parking charges are met by Wag & Company. All the charity asks is that each walker aims to raise sponsorship of at least £50 to enable its work.

The walks will be officially opened by Sheila Moody, a lady from County Durham who benefits from Wag & Company's services, and knits hats sold to raise money.

Diane finishes: 'Every penny raised enables our lovely visits. We hope everyone who believes what we do is important will help us at Kielder so that we can continue to grow and provide friendship and the company of a dog to anyone who needs us.'

Walkers must register online by the 16th September – which individuals can do on the charity's website. Businesses can register here.