Dogs have taken the lead when it comes to fundraising for St Luke’s Hospice.

The very first Woof Mudder event for St Luke’s was held on Sunday (22nd September) at Blakemere Village in Northwich.

More than 200 dogs and their owners took part in the 2.5 or 5K obstacle course incorporating lots of mud and a particularly popular water slide.

Events Fundraiser for St Luke’s, Mark Gammage, said the feedback was amazing: “From the tiniest of sausage dogs to Great Danes, they all completed the course with leaps and bounds and in many cases dragging their owners around the course through wooded areas and muddy bogs.

“The reaction was fantastic. We had so many people coming up to us at the end thanking us and asking us for the date for the next one, which is already in the planning.

“Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, with their cadets, and Willis Bros provided several tankers and fire engines worth of water to ensure a muddy course. Owners even got a full hose down by the fire brigade at the end, which doesn’t happen every day! Dogs were treated to a much gentler sponge in the doggy bath and in some cases a fluffy towel dry.

“Our fabulous dogs and humans between them collected sponsorship and their efforts are currently showing they have fundraised almost £15,000 to support patient care at the Hospice, which is fantastic.”

All the humans taking part received special Woof Mudder t-shirts and medals and the dogs earned a prized Woof Mudder doggie bandana.

The course obstacles were kindly created by Buildbase Nantwich, Combined Tyres in Winsford, Cavanagh Timber in Winsford, ROI Crewe, Men in Sheds charity in Winsford and Willis Bros in Sandbach as their donation to the event.