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Charities fight skin disease by walking the dog

THOUSANDS OF dog walkers are expected to turn out for this year’s Walk for Skin, where a whopping 18 national charities have united for the 13 sponsored walks all over the UK on 13th and 20th May, in the fight against skin disease.

Last year dogs and their owners raised a staggering £160,000 at the first ever ‘Walk for Skin’ and hundreds have already registered for this year. All walks are located near cities, but in attractive country-side settings, so walkers and their dogs can enjoy stunning scenery. Four new venues have been added, including London’s Regent’s Park, Windsor, Manchester and Birmingham. 

‘Walk for Skin’ is proudly sponsored by Sanex and hopes to raise awareness and money towards vital research into all skin diseases. Skin disease affects the young and the old, which is why all of the 13 sponsored walks are around three miles long to ensure that people of all ages and their dogs can take part.  

To join the ‘Walk for Skin’, simply choose a venue near you and register free of charge, online at www.walkforskin.org.uk or by phone, on 020 7391 6341. Once registered, entrants will receive a sponsorship form, walkers’ pack and information about their chosen venue.

Indy Rihal of the British Skin Foundation, one of the charities taking part, said: “A devastating 8 million people’s lives are blighted by skin disease in the UK. This event is the only one of its kind to bring together an incredible 18 charities in the bid to enhance sufferers’ lives and even save them.”

The venues for this year’s walk are: Sunday May 13th - Newcastle - Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum; Nottingham - Wollaton Deer Park; Leeds - Bramham Park; Norwich - University of East Anglia; Belfast- Belfast Castle and Edinburgh - Holyrood Park.

Sunday May 20th - Southampton - Beaulieu Motor Museum; Cardiff - Cosmeston Lakes Country Park; Cheddar Gorge - Somerset; Manchester - Tatton Park; Windsor - Windsor Great Park; London - Regent’s Park and Birmingham - Lickey Hills Country Park.

Go to - www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk