Dorset gets Muddy to raise vital funds for local charity hospice, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Mar 30, 2023

Dorset gets Muddy to raise vital funds for local charity hospice, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Over 200 people and their pooches joined in Lewis-Manning’s Muddy Dog Dash at Upton Country Park on Sunday 26th March and raised over a whopping £12,000.

Participants took on a 2km or 4km obstacle circuit, which consisted of hurdles for hounds, woofderful weave poles, pawesome ball pits, pooches (water) pools, jumps and humps and a perfectly placed Dog Bar by Nurturing By Nature halfway around the course, for dogs and their owners to take a quick break and well deserved water!

There was also an event village for people to peruse local businesses stalls which consisted of dog food, pets clothing, pet portraits and more.

Runners and their furry friends enjoyed a warm-up hosted by the fantastic Sparky from Hot Radio and the station gave out spot prizes donated by Running Free, including Best Dressed and Muddiest Contestant.

Ruth Wright, Area Fundraiser at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care said, “We are absolutely ecstatic that so many people from our community came out on the Sunday to have buckets of fun and laughter, whilst raising vital funds for our hospice.”

“On behalf of all the staff, volunteers and patients I want to say a huge heartfelt well done and thank you to everyone who took part and supported this event. £12,000 is a huge amount to raise and will help so many of our patients, their loved ones and carers receive the care they need and deserve.”

“There have been so many supporters of this event from our incredible sponsors Barratt Homes, as well as Care South, Nurturing By Nature, Hot Radio and The Old Boys Club. Without their help and support the event wouldn’t have been as brilliant as it was.”

“We cannot wait to run this event again next year at Upton Country Park, so make sure to follow Lewis-Manning Hospice Care on social media and you can be one of the first to sign-up. The first 100 sign-ups get a free t-shirt!”

Megan Hamlyn, Marketing Manager at Barratt Homes concluded, “We are thrilled to have supported Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s inaugural ‘Muddy Dog Dash’ – it was a fantastic community event, and a real pleasure to be a part of! Barratt Homes is committed to supporting organisations in the areas in which it’s building, and the vital work Lewis-Manning do to help patients and their loved ones across East Dorset and Purbeck, is incredible.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care would like to add an extra special thanks to Pukka Pads, Running Free, local Tesco & Asda supermarkets, Jollyes pet store, Curly Creator Co, Cribb Tyre & Battery Ltd, Capital Barriers & Temporary Fencing Ltd, Makro, Barking Barbers, Polygon Pets, Oscar Pets, Idris & Pals and Katherine Cromwell Artist. All these fantastic people and companies donated or supported the Muddy Dog Dash to make it as fabulous as possible.

About Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity providing extraordinary care to patients and their loved ones facing a life-limiting illness across East Dorset & Purbeck. We offer a range of free hospice care services aimed at helping people to live well through their illness, closer to home. These include:

– Day hospices, virtual and in person

– Creative arts & wellbeing support

– Lymphoedema clinic

– Breathlessness clinic

– Bereavement & family support

– Complementary therapy

– Hospice at home

Every year we support around 600 local people and we develop new services, based on patient need and identified gaps in the area. This year we need your help to raise £3.4m to continue providing our important services in your community. Without these funds we could not exist.

Our important work increases people’s physical and social well-being, reduces isolation and loneliness, supports people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.                   

Registered charity no. 1120193