Crufts best in show winner, Jilly and her owner Gavin Robertson, will walk 130-miles to raise money for three different charities.
Crufts best in show winner Jilly will be joined by a host of canine celebrities to walk 130 miles for charity.
The petit bassett Griffon Vendeen and owner Gavin Robertson will begin “Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt” at the NEC in Birmingham on June 10 and finish the 130-mile walk at London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Of the money raised, 60% will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital, 35% to DogLost organisation and 5% to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Gavin and Jilly will be joined at various stages by previous Crufts best in show winners, group winners from Crufts 2013 and healthy examples of the 14 high profile breeds monitored by the Kennel Club for their health and welfare, as well as representatives of all of those on the Kennel Club’s ‘Vulnerable Native Breeds‘ list.
Dog-owning celebrities are also being urged to lend their support, with Emma Bunton already pledging to promote it on social media to her dog-owning fans. Those invited to join the walk must each raise a minimum of £100.
Gavin Robertson said: “I wanted to use the profile that our Crufts Best in Show win gave us to do something for deserving causes. Outside the show ring Jilly is such an active dog, so I know that she’ll have no problem walking 130 miles, but I think I now need to start my training regime. I hope that the walk highlights how healthy and happy pedigree show dogs are and what active lives they lead outside of the show ring.
“I cannot believe the response already from those asked to participate in the walk or help with the logistics and planning, and from those pledging money. This truly shows how sporting and generous the dog world is.”
Details of the route Gavin and Jilly will be taking, and where and when celebrities will be joining Jilly, can be found on the dedicated website www.jillysjaunt.co.uk