Today we were up bright and early to take part in a sponsored dog walk in aid of St. Gemma's Hospice, which is situated in Moortown in Leeds. It's the largest hospice in West Yorkshire and the fourth largest in England. The estimated running costs of the hospice for 2010/2011 is £8 million and the majority of this needs to be raised through donations, fundraising, legacies and through the chain of charity shops. The £68.50 which we've raised so far through sponsorship seems very little, but of course, every penny really does count.
When I saw the snow which fell quite heavily yesterday morning, I wondered if we would be taking part today at all, but luckily it melted very quickly and had turned to slush by yesterday evening. This morning there wasn't a trace of snow left near us.
Registration was at 9am, then off we set for our three mile walk around the border of Golden Acre Park.
There weren't as many people there as I'd expected, however, there were many just turning up as we finished the walk so I expect it will have been a success.
As we passed an open field, we let Archie off his lead to have a run. There was lots of mud and Archie was soon covered in it.
Although the snow had gone where we live, there was still quite a bit of it around in the park.
The daffodils are ready to bloom, yet here they are amongst the snow. The snowdrops were resolutely closed. I'm sure they'll open up once they see a bit of sunshine.
At the end of the walk we got some vouchers for some hot drinks. The hot chocolate was delicious and very welcome.
There was no way I was going to let this filthy dog near my carpets, so it was straight in the bath for him.
We got a certificate for taking part and Archie got a goody bag containing lots of treats.
Now we just have to collect all the sponsor money in.