University’s robotic dog goes for ‘walkies’ for charity
The past met the future on Saturday when Spot, the University of Buckingham’s new robotic dog, paid a visit to Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity’s vintage shop in Buckingham.
Spot came nose-to-nose with two more traditional, but also highly talented dogs – Antilly the Wonder Dog and Wylie Smiley have featured in shows such as After Life and Mary, Queen of Scots.
The dogs came together to help promote the Charity’s NOT The Midnight Walk which takes place this Saturday, 10th July. Walkers are being asked to walk at least 5 miles, with or without a dog, starting at 5am to raise funds for local hospice care. As Covid-19 restrictions are still in place walkers can walk wherever they like and so, for the first time, the Charity are offering dog places with a special dog bandana for each place booked.
“We know how important dogs, and all pets, can be to their families and our Hospice often has visiting dogs come to see their owners after they are admitted, as well as a regular visits from a Pets as Therapy dog,” says Julie Chitty, Events Fundraising Manager at the Charity. “So many people commented on how they enjoyed being able to walk with their dogs last year, so we decided we add dog bandanas so now our four-legged friends can feel part of the event too.”
There is still time to book your place on this year’s NOT The Midnight Walk – you can walk along, with your dog, with friends, family or colleagues. Find out more at www.fnhospice.org.uk/notthemidnightwalk or call 01296 429975.