Sponsored walk to raise money for animal centre
1:42pm Thursday 17th February 2011 in Your Say
If you and your dog enjoy a weekend walk then you could help the Riverside Animal Centre raise funds for less fortunate animals. The charity is organising a sponsored dog walk on Sunday, March 6 to help fund its emergency search and rescue service for injured and distressed dogs and cats.
You can bring a real dog, a toy dog or even dress someone up as a dog for the fund-raising event in Beddington Park. Just turn up between 10.30am and 1.30pm to collect your route map and lap card.
Walkers and their dogs can do as many laps as they like – each lap takes between 30-45 minutes - giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy one of the borough’s most picturesque parks and raise money for the charity.
The Riverside Animal Centre – part of the London Wildcare Trust - treats up to 4,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals and birds every year but recently extended the service to provide an emergency response service around the clock for domestic animals injured, trapped, abandoned or in danger.
To support the new line of work a separate ward for cats and small pets and a small number of short stay dog kennels are being built at the charity’s hospital and rescue centre in Beddington Park.
“We are using the experience we’ve gained over more than 10-years of providing 24-hour rescue assistance to wildlife in need to offer a specific range of services for pet animals too,” explained the charity’s founder Ted Burden.
“Of course that means more expense so we’re hoping people will support the sponsored dog walk. Obviously there are lots of people who walk their dog in one of the borough's parks. So for one day we just want them to turn up at Beddington Park, make a donation or get sponsored and enjoy the walk.”
To get a sponsor form telephone 020 8647 6230, download one from the website riversideanimalcentre.org or just turn up at the Riverside Animal Centre in Beddington Park, Church Road, Wallington, on March 6.