On Saturday 1st October there’ll be a huge celebration to mark the first day dogs are allowed back on Marazion Beach after the summer. It’ll be in the form of a massive ‘walkies’ session from Marazion to Penzance Prom and everyone’s invited to bring a canine friend and take part.

The event, which will get underway at 11am, is the brainchild of local MP, Derek Thomas who has Cornwall Hospice Care very much at heart; 

“Cornwall Hospice Care and St Julia's in particular hold a special place in the hearts of so many families here in West Cornwall. This charity dog walk is an opportunity to raise funds for the hospices, show our appreciation to the staff and volunteers and take a walk on the beach with others who have experience of the incredible work Cornwall Hospice Care does”. 

Sarah Newton is the Community Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care in West Cornwall; 

“Entry to the Great Western Dog Walk is just £3 per person or £6 for a family, but we need people to register now by visiting our website at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk We’re hoping dog owners will also persuade their friends to sponsor them and their dogs as all the money we raise will go towards adult hospice care in the county.” 

“We have some fabulous prizes on offer for the top fundraisers, including a return ticket for two to London on First Great Western trains with lunch and a tour of the Houses of Parliament. And there’s an incentive for the four legged walkers too, with a ‘Doggy Goody Bag’ for every dog taking part!” 

The Great Western Dog Walk ends on Penzance Prom where there’ll be a ‘Party on the Prom’ for all those taking part, starting at 12.30pm. Jess Golding Penzance BID 

Manager adds “We are really excited to have the Cornwall Hospice, Great Western Dog Walk finishing here in Penzance on our wonderful Promenade. We are hoping there will be loads of wonderful things to do on the day, and it will give people the chance to explore the town afterwards” 

There’s free car parking available at Marazion and return travel will be available for those feet and paws that are too tired to walk back. 

“It takes an army of people to make an event like this happen”, says Derek Thomas, “so if you don’t fancy the walk or you don’t have a dog to accompany you, we urgently need marshals to help out along the route. Anyone interested in volunteering on the day should contact Simon Jones on 01736 363038.”