Don’t paws for thought: Join in Wimbledon’s new Waggy Walk challenging social loneliness

Merton charity Wimbledon Guild has organised a Waggy Walk to raise money to help combat loneliness.

A choice of 4km and 7km walks starting and finishing on Wimbledon Common on the morning of October 6 are open to those with and without dogs.

Money raised will help vulnerable people across Merton from all different walks of life overcome isolation through many different events in their lives – loss of a loved one, family moving away or loss of physical health.

Wimbledon Guild chief executive Wendy Pridmore said: “There is a serious side to why we need to fundraise. More and more we are seeing people who have become lonely and isolated due to everyday life situations.”

She added: “In the past year we helped over 2,100 vulnerable people who live, work or study in Merton. With our support and guidance, they managed to turn their lives around.”

Wimbledon Brewery and Cawston Press will be helping on the day to quench the thirst of the supportive dog walkers, while Two Teaspoons Cookery will be providing homemade goodies post-event.

Companies already sponsoring the event include Ashworth Solicitors, Pet Pavilion and H.R. Owen Maserati.

Tickets are £10 per adult, £5 per child (4-16yrs) and £25 for a family ticket. Dog-walkers are encouraged to book in advance so their dog takes part for free. Both length walks start and finish at the dog-friendly Hand in Hand pub on Wimbledon Common.

Book online or phone 020 8739 2920 or in person from Wimbledon Guild reception at Guild House, 30 – 32 Worple Road.

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