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Paws for thought – the four-legged fundraiser raising money for dogs less fortunate

Fudge the Spaniel will finish his Cleveland Way sponsored walk in Helmsley on 21st June

He’s a fund-raiser with a difference – but Fudge the Cocker Spaniel is well on his way to having raised £10,000 for charity, including £6,000 for a canine cause close to his heart.

A four-legged celebrity in the spaniel world, Fudge is walking the 164-mile Cleveland Way & Tabular Hills, with his two human owners. He is due to end his walk in Helmsley on Thursday 21st June between 5pm and 6pm and is inviting other local dogs to come join him for the last stage of his walk.

This will be Fudge’s fifth long distance walk, having completed the 630-mile South West Coastal Path in 2017. He is raising funds for those pups less fortunate than himself, donating his sponsorship money to Spaniel Aid UK.

Lynn Hempsall runs Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop and volunteers as a foster carer for Spaniel Aid UK. She explains: “Spaniel Aid UK is run entirely by volunteers. It aims to raise awareness of those spaniels being sold improperly, as well as taking into foster care dogs whose owners are unable to keep them -perhaps unable to care for them financially or physically, where there’s welfare issues or even where aggression may have been shown. The charity pay for the spaniel to be neutered/spayed, vaccinated and have any other veterinary treatment it needs while being assessed in its foster home. There are well over 1,000 spaniels who have passed through the charity already with heart wrenching stories and there are very many dogs that have had a truly terrible time.

“I foster for Spaniel Aid and have rehabilitated several cockers, one of whom was looking like he would be put to sleep for biting by his owner – but he is now loving life in the Scottish Highlands. I actually ended up adopting one of the dogs myself – Charlie, a springer spaniel – who came to Spaniel Aid at 19 weeks with real health issues, under nourished and very frightened. Now he is happy and fit with his health problems under control and enjoys his life – and I love him to bits! To support Fudge and his fundraising, for every 100gms of fudge we sell during the week we will donate 50p, and we’ll also be going along to meet him and join him for the last stage of his walk.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Fudge can do so at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/spanielaid-uk or call in at Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop, on Barker’s Yard, to find out more. More details about the registered charity Spaniel Aid can be found at www.spanielaid.co.uk or by contacting Maxine Lower on 07813 000950.