Charity Dog Walk, Sunday 6th May

Lord Mayor’s Charity Fundraising Dog Walk on the Knavesmire, Sunday 6 May 2018, 11am

For the last five years York charity scheme ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP) has organised a fundraising dog walk on the Knavesmire, & this has become a firm fixture in dog-owners’ diaries. The event has grown year-by-year, with last year 120 dogs & over 150 owners taking part, & a record £1,500 raised.

They’re off! Last year’s dog walk in action.

This year’s event promises to be the biggest & best ever, as ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP) has been selected as one of the Lord Mayor’s charities for 2017/18 & the event is being run jointly with the two other charities – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People & Refugee Action York. The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Barbara Boyce, will open the proceedings & Jonathan Cowap of Radio York, famous for his irrepressible enthusiasm, will again be Master of Ceremonies. Jonathan, who has been a supporter of KYP since its launch in 2012 but who has no dog of his own, will again walk a borrowed dog called Henry, with whom he has become firm friends.

There will be home-made cakes, savouries, soup & hot drinks on sale, stalls selling books, crafts & toys, a Hearing Dogs demonstration, competitions including ‘waggiest tail’, ‘sit for a sausage’ & ‘dog most like their owner’, dog portraits, a dog agility course for all comers, spot prizes, a tombola & a dog tombola, live music provided by local groups ‘Dynamics’ and ‘Strewth’, & a fun addition for this year is fancy dress for dogs & owners – which is optional !

Chair of KYP Keith Martin said:

“This is our major fund-raising event of the year but this year the proceeds will be shared with the other two Lord Mayor’s charities: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People & Refugee Action York. It is always a fun day, with a lovely atmosphere. The dogs all behave impeccably & supporters travel from a wide area.”

Jonathan and Henry

Walkers can register from 10.15 and there will be events taking place from then until the start at 11am.
Entry fee £5.00 per dog or family.
The entrance is from Knavesmire Road, near the Racecourse buildings.
Walkers can do any distance they wish and will be given a completion certificate.


For further information contact Keith Martin, Chair of KYP at or visit the website


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