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It’s the "Dogathon"


"A mass sponsored walk with a difference". That’s how Christchurch charity The Wessex Autistic Society is describing The Domino Appeal "Dogathon" which will take place at Godshill near Fordingbridge in Hampshire on Sunday March 14th. The event, which will start from The Fighting Cocks pub at Godshill at 10.30am, is attracting a lot of interest from local dog owners. Entry is just £3 per person or £6 per couple and walkers will be invited to seek sponsorship for their efforts and all you need to enter is, of course, a dog!

There will be two walks to choose from, both through the spectacular scenery of the New Forest, with a short walk (approximately 1 hour) for those unable to undertake the full event (approximately 2 hours) or who perhaps have dogs with little legs, and all participants in both walks will receive a memento of the walk and a doggy "goody bag". Supported by pet superstore chain Pets at Home, The Fighting Cocks at Godshill, Oscar Pet Foods and local dog groomer’s Super Clean Dogs the event promises to be a huge success with the organisers hoping to stage one of the largest mass dogs walks ever in the UK.
"We thought it would be a fundraising event with a difference," said the Society’s Mike Denny. "We are always looking for new ideas and felt that this would give an opportunity for all dog lovers locally to help our appeal and get them and their dogs some exercise all at the same time." Entry forms are available for collection from the sponsors or you can telephone the fundraising team at The Wessex Autistic Society on 01202 483360 or e-mail m.denny@twas.org.uk
The Domino Appeal is The Wessex Autistic Society's fundraising campaign to complete the building of the new Portfield School in Parley Lane at Hurn, Near Christchurch. The project commenced building on October 1st 2001 and the first phase (the main school building and a residential house) was completed in October 2002 at a cost of £2.8M and opened by HRH The Princess Royal in November 2002. Fundraising is now underway for Phase 2, which has a target of £1.6M and the total, raised to date stands at £624,860. The second phase will consist of two further residential houses, a respite care bungalow and a therapy swimming pool. Building of a second residential house was completed in October 2003. Further information on the society, autism and the new school project can be obtained from Mike Denny, Community Fundraising & PR Officer, The Wessex Autistic Society, 22 Bargates, Christchurch, BH23 1QL. Tel: (01202) 483360, Mobile: (07766) 526258, Home (01425) 655973 or e-mail: m.denny@twas.org.uk