Despite the bad weather, over 80 people and 50 dogs joined Mayhew on Hampstead Heath last Sunday for the annual Great Rescue Ramble.
Dog lovers of all ages are encouraged to join Mayhew’s annual Great Rescue Ramble, which raises money to help rescue and rehome dogs and cats all across London.
This year’s event was sponsored by Edgard & Cooper and the event raised over £1,450 through sign-ups, donation buckets and on the day activities.
After meeting at the Parliament Hill Bandstand in the morning, the ramblers and their dogs enjoyed a fun 3km or 5km guided route across the Heath.
They also enjoyed dog-friendly activities and games including ‘Temptation Alley’, a tombola stall, a ‘Hall of Dame’ photo display of happily rehomed rescue dogs.
Each participating dog was also presented with a Mayhew branded bandana at registration, and the rather cloudy Heath was soon brightened up with a riot of yellow collars and joyful tail wagging.
After spending some time catching up with friends old and new, the groups of ramblers and their dogs set off to complete their guided walks. Many of the dogs were ex-Mayhew animals themselves, with many familiar faces coming together to celebrate the ‘adopt don’t shop’ movement.
When the ramblers returned to the bandstand, they relished the chance to enjoy hot refreshments, cakes and pastries from the Little Red Coffee Van, who generously donated 15% of their profits from the day back to Mayhew.
After collecting their complimentary goody bag from Edgard & Cooper, visitors could then browse stalls selling cat and dog themed gifts and speak to staff members about Mayhew’s animal welfare and rescue work in the community, both in London and abroad.
If you would like to find out more about Mayhew and future events, you can visit www.themayhew.org.