Dog walk from Oldham to Ashton for Better Days

A sponsored dog walk is being organised for next month to raise money for Pennine Pen Animal Rescue and the Better Days charity.

The team at Oldham dog groomers, Indiana Bones and the Temple of Groom, is inviting people to join them on a walk from the groomers on Ripponden Road to Ashton Market.

Owner, Cheryl Brooks who is organising the event, said: “You don’t have to have a dog to come along, everyone is welcome. Even if you are only able to come along for a bit of the walk, we would love to see you. 

“It is for two great charities. We chose Better Days because we know that cancer effects everyone and Pennine Pen because a lot of our customers have adopted their dogs from there.”

Better Days, part of the Tropical Palms group, are one of the official providers of wigs to people who are battling cancer in the UK. Cheryl’s daughter is a stylist at Tropical Palms in Droyslden where the charity was created.

Cheryl said: “People can go along to the salon to get their wig and have it styled there and it provides a less clinical environment than if they picked it up in a hospital environment. 

“They are raising money so all wigs are free and our friend, Suzanne, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, became the first model for one of the wigs. She will be joining us for part of the walk.”

Pennine Pen Animal Rescue was founded in 2001 by Michael Waugh. 

The charity started out in a small terrace in Hathershaw housing a small number of animals with a charity shop at the front.

In 2009 the charity had outgrown the terrace and purchased its own property in Oldham turning it into the Rescue Centre which has
gradually been modernised to ensure that the animals benefit from the best facilities.

Cheryl said: “We went to visit Pennine Pen recently and it is wonderful. Everything is run on donations and everyone there really cares.”

The walk will take place on Sunday, June 9, starting at noon. 

Participants will meet at Indiana Bones and the Temple of Groom. Sponsorship forms are available now at the groomers and Tropical Palms or people can get in touch with Cheryl or Margaret via the groomers’ Facebook page for downloadable forms.

There will be collection buckets on the walk and people are welcome to just turn up on the day.

Cheryl added: “We just want as many people as possible to come along for what will be a fun event for some really good causes.” 

For more information on Pennine Pen visit http://penninepen.co.uk/about-pennine-pen and for more information on Better Days visit http://www.tropical-palms.com/better-days

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