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Dozens Of Dogs Descend On Solihull Park To Support Youth Homelessness Charity St Basils

3 months ago

29th March, 2022 11h35

Linnaeus Group

Dozens of dogs descended on a Solihull park to complete an obstacle course and raise money for charity.

St Basils, a West Midlands-based charity which supports young people aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, held its annual fundraising Woof Run at Brueton Park in Solihull, with almost 100 dogs taking part.

Generous pet owners paid to enter their animals into the event, which saw their four-legged companions compete over a particularly muddy course which incorporated natural and man-made obstacles, to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Steve Rainbow, events manager for St Basils, said it was fantastic to see so many dog owners take their pets along to the annual fundraiser, which was returning after an enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic and timed to coincide with Crufts.

He said: “It was a really successful event and everyone – dogs and owners – seemed to enjoy the day.

“The Woof Run is actually more of a walk than a run and has a mixture of man-made obstacles and natural hurdles in the beautiful surrounds of Brueton Park’s nature reserve and meadows.

“The course is about 2.5km long and all participants got a Woof Run medal and a special photo at the finish line.”

Veterinary support for the event was supplied by 608 Vets, which has practices in Solihull, Bentley Heath and Acocks Green, and clinical director Deborah Hope said she was delighted to be on hand to support such a worthwhile cause.

Deborah said: “We were more than happy to lend our support to St Basils for this event. We always try to support the community as much as possible and it was a joy to see so many happy, if extremely muddy, dogs taking part in the Woof Run.

“Thankfully, we weren’t needed to intervene in a veterinary capacity but it’s always important to have a presence at such events, so we were pleased we were able to support the day.”

Steve added: “We’re extremely grateful to 608 Vets for attending the Woof Run and giving us their professional support. Much like St John Ambulance in human events, it’s vital to have medical support, so many thanks again to Deborah and the team at 608 Vets.”

To find out more about 608 Vets, visit or search for 608 Vets on social media.

For more details about St Basils and fundraising events, visit

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