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Next Southsea Westie Walk

Due to Covid-19, this years was a virtual walk.  You were asked to walk your woofers at 11am on Sunday 14th June and then  to donate £10 to the Lullaby Trust via this just giving page so that it would register with the walk. 

Some people generously donated but didn’t do it through the link so I do not know who you are and unable to thank you personally. 

However, the donations I can see show that £228.00 was raised, so thank you to those who took part. 

I only hope we are all fit and well and that 2021 will see us all meeting up again to celebrate the wonder of our Westies! 

I raise a glass to you, wish you all the very best until we meet again in 2021.

Some pictures have been added to the Gallery page.  Enjoy. x

 

 

 

Watch this space for more news, as it happens

How it began

How it all began

It must have been 9 years ago, the Foundation for the Study of Infant deaths (FSID) now known as The Lullaby Trust contacted asking if I would be interested in taking part in a new find raising initiative called Walk a Mile in Memory. The idea was to get sponsored to walk a mile in memory of my baby son William.

I explained that although I thought it was lovely idea, many of my friends didn’t know that I had ever had a baby let alone sponsor me to walk in mile in his memory. I was at the time the very proud parent of a gorgeous West Highland Terrier called Oscar. I remembered thinking at that very moment that the other baby I had now was him.

That evening after thinking about the earlier conversation, I reckoned that although friends would probably find it difficult to sponsor me, they would find it almost impossible not to sponsor Oscar! The idea that the dogs get sponsored and their humans just go along for the walk was the way to go. I asked around and at that time I had quite a few friends who also had a Westie or two in their family and so, with the help of 39 Westie Woofers the 1st Southsea Westie Walk took place in May 2010.

One of the original walkers was Beattie and her owner Mike Hodges. Sadly, Beattie passed away 2 years later but posthumously raised a huge amount of money for the charity. It was deemed appropriate that an award be given to Mike in memory of Beattie. The Beattie Hodges award is now presented to the Westie who raises the most money each year and they claim a heart on the shield in which their name is engraved.

Read my story in more detail…

Guidelines

  1. Please ensure your Westie is kept on a lead at all times during the walk, even if you think they are well- behaved.
  2. Please make sure you have a drinking water for you and your dog.
  3. Make sure that you poop scoop should your Westie decide to go anywhere along the route! Please bring plenty of bags!
  4. The dogs can only be walked by persons over 16 years of age ideally by an adult over 18. Please do not allow young children to hold the lead during the walk.
  5. To ensure public safety, we will have to walk 2 abreast in certain areas of the route. Please follow behind the leaders at a sensible distance so to avoid tangled leads etc.
  6. Please warn members of the public if your dog is unsociable (can’t imagine that!!) or the dog may dislike being petted. This will reduce the need to use the Public Liability Insurance for dog bites.
  7. If you are going to bring any young members of your family along to the walk, please make sure you know where they are at all times and please let them know that not all dogs like children.
  8. If you decide to take a picnic, bring all of that with you and ensure you take all rubbish away with you or dispose of appropriately.
  9. Last but not least I would like to thank you personally on behalf of the parents whose babies who will be saved a result of your generosity.

On behalf of Oscar, HRH Princess Bella and myself…we hope you enjoy the event!!

FAQ

Q. How do I register my interest?
A. By completing the contact form on this site and sending it to me.

Q. Can I just turn up on the day?
A. Yes of course, however you will be asked to sign in on the register and agree to allow me to use your email and contact details as a method of contacting you in the future. You will be asked for a donation to the charity (via a collection bucket) so that you can join the walk.

Q. I haven’t go a Westie but can I come along with my dog anyway?
A. Yes, all support is good, but I would ask that you walk with us at the rear of the walk, so the public and other supporters can enjoy the full Westie Effect of seeing them altogether. If you do not want to join in on the walk, you can always wait for us at the finish on Southsea Common and join us for the raffle and cake buying!

Q. I have got a Westie and another breed of dog, can they come along too?
A. Yes, any member of the Westie family is welcome, but don’t be too surprised if your Westie has got a particular trot about them, when surrounded by their own kind!

Q. Once I have completed the walk, is there any transport laid on to get me back up to my car parked up at Eastney?
A. I am afraid not, but there are taxis from outside Hovertravel that will be happy to help.

Q. Is this a family event, can I bring my children along too?
A. Absolutely, it is positively encouraged to be a family event, I would only ask that no one under 16 years old walks the dog and you bring plenty of water and poop bags with you. Please read our Guidelines

Q. What is the route?
A. Starting from Eastney beach huts by the Coffee Cup, we walk along the esplanade past Southsea Parade Pier, around the back of the Pyramids Centre and the back of Castle Field along to join back up with Southsea Parade, keeping to the left-hand side. Shortly before the Hovertravel, we cross the road to the finish on Southsea Common. Please see route map.

Q. I can’t walk quite as far and my Westie is getting older, I am not sure I can do the whole walk. What can I do?
A . If you are coming by car, there are lots of parking spaces between the start and the finish and if you don’t think you can do the whole walk or you have an aging Westie, you are welcome to join us at any point between Eastney and Southsea Common. All I ask is that you make sure you give me your contact details at the finish and a donation for taking part. Please see route map.

Q. How long does the walk take to do?
A. The fast walkers are usually finished in approximately 30-40 minutes. Its always good to try and keep up with the main walkers because there is a photographer on route and at the finish and you may not get your picture taken if you lag behind. We aim to finish the walk the raffle and sell all of the cakes and other Westie bits by the latest 1.30pm. You can then make arrangements to go and lovely Sunday lunch somewhere in and around Southsea and Old Portsmouth.

I hope I have managed to answer your question, however, if you have something else to ask and you cannot find the answer please use the contact form and I will be in touch as soon as I can.

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