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Annual event raises funds for the Wimbledon Guild

Some of the participants in a previous Waggy Walk
Some of the participants in a previous Waggy Walk

Waggy Walk, Wimbledon Guild biggest fundraising event is returning this year on Saturday 1 October and dogs go free.

You can take either a 4km or 7km route around Wimbledon Common starting and finishing at the Hand in Hand pub which will be providing pre-walk drinks and snacks.

Every dog who completes the event will receive a goody bag from luxury pet shop, Pet Pavilion and all Waggy Walkers can enjoy a post-walk sausage roll, freshly baked by Two Teaspoons (veggie and meat options available).

All money raised will goes towards the charity’s work to try and ensure that no one in Merton has to face life’s challenges alone.

If you don’t have a dog, you can still join the walk which is open to everyone.

Wimbledon Guild Waggy Walk comes at a time when the charity is supporting the local community with the increase in the cost of living. They’ve seen a 60% rise in referrals for advice and financial assistance between April – June compared to the same period last year.

Waggy Walk is a popular annual event on Wimbledon Common
Waggy Walk is a popular annual event on Wimbledon Common

Mark Williams, Head of Communications, explains,“The pandemic was extremely challenging for our community, and we saw a 48% increase in people asking for our support. We’re now adapting to a new challenge in supporting our community during the current cost of living increases.”

“We’re providing one-off grants for people who have exhausted all other avenues to help them pay for things like food, gas, and electricity. We distributed nearly £40,000 in grants to 190 households during early 2022. With further energy price rises expected in October, we know there will be more people who need our support.”

“Last year nearly 300 people signed up to take part in Waggy Walk and it will be wonderful to see so many dogs and their owners having fun again this year whilst raising money to support our work.”

Tickets for Waggy Walk are £15 for adults and £5 for children (4-16) with no charge for under 4s. Family tickets are available for are £30 (for 2 adults and 2 children). You can book your tickets online.

On the day, registration for the walk opens at 10:30am, walkers can complete the Wimbledon Guild Waggy Walk anytime between 10:30am – 2:30pm.

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August 15, 2022