(Kennel Club Press Release) Best in Show winner, Jilly, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen whose pedigree name is Ch Soletrader Peek a Boo, and her owner Gavin Robertson, will begin their 130 mile charity walk next week (10 June) and have already raised £11,637.
They will be joined on Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt by previous Crufts champions; six Best in Group winners from this year’s Crufts; representatives from the High Profile Breeds and representatives from 23 breeds that are deemed by the Kennel Club to be vulnerable because their annual registrations are so low.
They will be greeted by local mayors and council chairmen on route.
The walkers will finish at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, on 14 June.
Amelia Siddle, who won the Junior Warrant competition at Crufts and who has completed a painting of Jilly and Gavin, which will be auctioned after the walk, will be completing the whole 130 miles with her dog Flo, alongside Jilly and Gavin.
Sixty percent of the money raised from the walk will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital, 35 percent to DogLost organisation and five percent to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
Jilly and Gavin can be seen along the walk at the following points (and will be joined by local mayors and councillors at the points marked with an asterix):
Monday 10 June
Boat Inn, Catherine de Barnes B91 2TJ 9.45am
Black Boy, Heronfield B93 0EB 10.55am*
Cape of Good Hope, Lower Cape CV34 5DP 3.00pm*
Blue Lias Inn, Stockton CV47 8LD 6.25pm*
Tuesday 11 June
Heart of England, Weedon NN7 4QD 1.10pm
Wharf pub, Bugbrooke NN7 3QB 3.10pm
Navigation, Stoke Bruerne NN12 7SY 4.45pm
Wednesday 12 June
New Inn, New Bradwell MK13 0EN 9.45am
Pear Tree Bridge Inn, Waterside MK6 3PE 11.45am*
Three Locks Inn, Stoke Hammond MK17 9DD 1.40pm
Red Lion, Marsworth LU7 0QU 3.40pm
Thursday 13 June
Ye Old Red Lion, Nash Mills HP4 2NB 9.35am*
Hunton Bridge, Bridge No 162 WD4 8RQ 10am*
Cassiobury Park, Bridge No 167, Watford WD17 3BD 11am*
Batchworth Lock, No 81, Rickmansworth WD3 1JJ 12pm*
Coy Carp, Harefield UB9 6HZ 1.15pm
Friday 14 June
Paddington Basin 12pm
Hyde Park Corner 1pm
Kennel Club, Clarges Street 2pm
House of Commons 3pm
Speaking about the training regime, Gavin Robertson said: “We have been training very hard, and of course Jilly has been in her element on all of these long walks.
“I have been overwhelmed so far by the support that pedigree dog lovers and owners have shown by getting involved or pledging money, the whole dog world has really got behind this initiative. The walk truly demonstrates how healthy pedigree dogs are, whilst raising money for fantastic causes.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Gavin and Jilly have done an amazing job in fundraising for the benefiting charities and we wish them luck for next week. I hope that dog lovers and owners that live in the areas that they are walking through will cheer them on and show their support.”
Full details of the route that Gavin and Jilly will be taking can be found on the dedicated website.