Local dog owners are being invited to bring their four-legged friends on a sponsored dog walk  – the wiggle waggle dog walk – on Sunday 24 February 2019 to help raise funds for Bay Hospitals Charity, the official charity of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

Bay Hospitals Charity rely on the support of local people to help them improve the hospital environment; purchase the very latest in state-of-the-art equipment and provide extra care that goes over and above which can currently be provided by the NHS.

The fundraising event has been organised by Claire Hoswell, Admin Coordinator, Clinical Investigations Unit.

Claire said: “The sponsorship dog-walk kick-starts our fundraising for the unit. Our target is to raise £1500 which, if we are successful will allow us to purchase a new ECG monitor.

“Monies raised from the dog walk will go towards the Clinical Investigation Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) who are fundraising to buy a new ECG monitor which will allow the team to deliver care closer to a patient’s home”.

The walk starts at Denny Beck, Lancaster LA2 9LS (by the old train station at Halton) at 10.00am (for a 10.30am start) and finishes at Bull Beck. The walk, which takes around 2 hours to complete and follows an existing cycle track, so is flat and suitable for dogs (and walkers) of all ages.

Make sure you (and your four-legged friends) wrap up warm and all walkers wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes or wellies. Dogs must be kept are on a lead during the walk.

There will also be a prize at the finish line for the best dressed pooch, so Bay Hospitals Charity are encouraging all walkers to dress their pooches in their brightest, boldest and most eye catching winter doggie coats.

Jenna Quinn, Chief Cardiac Physiologist from the Clinical Investigations Unit said:

“The monitor can be clicked onto the patients clothing or put in a pocket so it is very discrete and the patient can continue with their daily routine without the monitor being a hindrance.

“ECG monitors track the electrical activity of a patient’s heart and records it, allowing us to analyse their heart’s rhythm and detect any potential irregularities and any cardiac issues that may lead to more serious health problems.

“An ECG monitor is a portable hand-held device which allows us to deliver care closer to home. The monitors track the electrical activity of a patient’s heart and records it, allowing us to analyse their heart’s rhythm and detect any potential irregularities and any cardiac issues that may lead to more serious health problems, such as a stroke or heart attack”.

Judith Read, Charity Coordinator at Bay Hospitals Charity, adds: “What a great way to put the fun into fundraising, not only is this a great way to exercise your four-legged friends, but it’s a great way for you to exercise your heart too and raise funds to help support the Clinical investigations Unit”.

If you are unable to make the event, but would like to help support Clinical Investigations Unit you can make a donation online at: www.justgiving.com/claire-hoswell

To take part costs just £5.00. Please pay on the day or email: charity@mbht.nhs.uk for a sponsorship form today.